has won Three's The Charm as ‘Rings' Shine
Line Cinema's epic drama "Lord of the Rings” juggernaut
finally grabbed a big ring at this year's Golden Globe awards
on Sunday January 25 as the last delivery of the trilogy “Return
of the King” won best drama in a four-for-four sweep.
in Translation”' took the top comedy/musical prize and two others:
Bill Murray for actor and writer-director Sofia Coppola for
screenplay. “Mystic River” was the only other multiple winners,
with awards for actor Sean Penn and supporting actor Tim Robbins.
most nominated picture, “Cold Mountain”, managed just one win
out of eight nominations, for Renee Zellweger's supporting role.
"Master and Commander: Far side of the World' and “The
Last Samurai” were shut out.
Director winner Peter Jackson for “The King” flanked by his
'Rings' team offered a short, even anticlimactic speech typical
of the by-the-numbers evening. “I want to pay tribute to Professor
Tolkien for his incredible work”, he said.
night marked the first major awards in the compressed awards
calendar. Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is an organisation
of 90 foreign journalists from around the world, gives out the
prestigious Golden Globe Awards. The show has been a successful
'party of the year' both for the organisation and for the NBC
television network, which broadcast the show, live from the
Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. It is often said the
Golden Globes is the pre-cursor to the Oscars. If we look at
the history we see that often the films, director and actors
who won the Globes ended up winning the Oscars.
Actor(comedy/musical) winner Bill Murray delivered the night's
most memorable speech, brimmed with sardonic barbs. “You can
all relax, I fired my agents a couple of months ago,” he joked,
after numerous winners had thanked their reps to make up for
Tim Robbins' failure to do so. “I would like to thank Universal
and Focus pictures,” Murray added, “except there are so many
people trying to take credit for this, I wouldn't know where
edged out Scarlett Johansson- double nominated for “Girl With
a Pearl Earring” and “Lost in Trans- for actress in a musical
or comedy for autumn romance 'Something Gotta Give.” The film
which paired her with Jack Nicholson has already earned more
than $100 million. The two (Keaton and Nicholson), Keaton said
have “combined age of 125.” She added: “Playing a woman in love
at 57 was like reaching for the stars with a stepladder.”
Theron continued the momentum from the well-received December
release of “Monster” by winning Best Actress drama. “I grew
up on a farm in South Africa'- this is insane”! she marveled
before rushing through a list of names.
taking the trophy for best supporting actor for his film “Mystic
River”, opened the show. “Clint, you are the man!” Robbins cried,
indicating director Clint Eastwood. “A good thing about this
coming early is that I get to drink now,” said Robbins. Eastwood
later took the stage to accept Sean Penn's Globe, explaining
that the star was “terribly embarrassed not to be here. He's
got family business up north. He promises to be here next year
to present an award.” “Mystic River” has been a rarity for Warner
Bros, which is now well nominated for the Oscars.
the night's TV portion were two surprise wins by British mockumentary
“The Office” and another strong overall showing by HBO. “Angels
in America” was the big winner in most of the TV categories.
It won best Miniseries/TV movie, Actress, Actor, Supporting
Actress and Support Actress--all five categories it was nominated
in. Based on Kushner's best selling book and play “Angels” was
one of the HBO produced TV films.
received the prestigious lifetime achievement Cecil B.DeMille
award. Danny DeVito and Sharon Stone presented it, noting that
father Kirk Douglas had been given the DeMille in 1968. After
a minute long standing ovation, Douglas praised the Globes'
combo of TV and film stars. He noted that he got his start with
small screen's “Streets of San Francisco”, hailing co-star Karl
Malden as “a surrogate father”.