61st Golden Globe Awards
I haven't yet
watched any of the Rings movies but from what I have heard it came
as no wonder to see that it was the biggest winner at this years Golden
Globe Awards Ceremony. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
won the Best Motion Picture Drama of 2003. In fact, the trilogy led
all motion pictures at the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday
night with four wins in four nominations.
Lost in Translation
was another winner. The film's sardonic star, Bill Murray, collected
his trophy for Best Actor in Comedy award. He joked that he had fired
his agents and representatives and was at a loss for dedications during
his acceptance speech. As for funny ladies, screen veteran Diane Keaton
took home the gold for Something's Gotta Give, a romantic comedy she
hailed for portraying "love at any age."
Charlize Theron won a Golden Globe award for best actress in a film
drama portraying a prostitute and serial killer in Monster. She showed
up Sunday minus the weight, bad skin and feathered bangs and thanked
writer-director Patty Jenkins for hiring her. "There's only so
much you can do, but if somebody doesn't give you a chance there is
nothing you can do."
and Best Supporting Actor winner Tim Robbins was on hand to receive
his statuette, the first trophy of the evening. "The good thing
about this coming early is that I get to drink now."
was all déja vu for buxom beauty Renée Zellweger, who
collected the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as plucky
Ada in Cold Mountain. It was a third straight Globe win. She previously
won Best Actress/Musical or Comedy for 2001's Bridget Jones' Diary
and 2002's Chicago.
Of the small screen
matters Sex and the City managed only one win out of five nominations.
Sadly for all you Friends fans, it received no awards out of the two
nominations. The same went for Monk(my personal favorite), The West
Wing, Normal and Soldier's Girl which had three nominations apiece.
Instead, the glory went to HBO's Angels in America and BBC America's
TV shows included 24 which won Best Drama and is still being shown
on AXN. Thankfully this time the speeches were all nice and sweet
meaning they were short. No one rushed on stage trailing what would
seem like toilet paper but is actually a list of people to thank.
Nope, this time everyone came with their neat little notepads except
for Michael Douglas who has received a prestigious lifetime achievement
award from the organisers of the Golden Globes. His father Kirk won
the same award back in 1968. It's the first time in Globes history
that a father and son have won the award.
by Catherine Zeta-Jones and his mother Diana, paid tribute to his
famous father "for his stamina, for his endurance and for his
great sense of material."
Carrey wrapped up the show with the close-to-ending presentation sporting
a new hairdo which is more of a hair-don't. The funny man makes good
with his new bald head.
The Globes ceremony
will lead to the Oscar nominations and finally all this will be over
on February 29.
list of winners for the Golden Globes 2004.
Best dramatic film: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best dramatic actress: Charlize Theron (Monster)
Best dramatic actor: Sean Penn (Mystic River)
Best director: Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of
Best screenplay: Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation)
Best actress musical or comedy: Diane Keaton (Something's Gotta Give)
Best musical or comedy film: Lost in Translation
Best actor in musical or comedy: Bill Murray (Lost in Translation)
Best foreign language film: Osama (Afghanistan)
Best supporting actress: Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain)
Best supporting actor: Tim Robbins (Mystic River)
Best original score - motion picture: Howard Shore (The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King)
Best original song - motion picture: Into the West (The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King)
Cecil B DeMille award: Michael Douglas
Best TV drama: 24
Best TV drama actress: Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under)
Best TV drama actor: Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace)
Best TV musical or comedy series: The Office
Best TV actress in musical or comedy series: Sarah Jessica Parker
(Sex and the City)
Best TV actor in musical or comedy series: Ricky Gervais (The Office)
Best mini-series or TV movie: Angels in America
Best actress in a mini-series or TV movie: Meryl Streep (Angels in
Best actor in a mini-series or TV movie: Al Pacino (Angels in America)
Best supporting actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie: Mary
Louise Parker (Angels in America)
Best supporting actor in a series, mini-series or TV movie: Jeffrey
Wright (Angels in America)
Oscar race 2004 began with a cold-shoulder reception for "Cold
Mountain". "Cold Mountain" has been snubbed from DGA-
Directors Guild Awards and WGA- Writers Guild Awards. Previous Oscar
and DGA winner (for 1997's "The English Patient"), Anthony
Minghella has been snubbed from nominations this year.
Notably a bigger upset was Hollywood queen, Nicole
Kidman. She's been nominated for Oscars for the past two years (nominated
in "Moulin Rouge") and walked away with the statuette in
2003 for her heavy drama in "The Hours". The Screen Actors
Guild Awards- SAG and BAFTA- the British Academy- equivalent of the
Oscars in Britain and the Oscars, left Nicole Kidman high and dry
by denying her a nomination which is quite an upset in Hollywood,
considering the Oscar race has just began. She did manage to get a
nomination for "Cold Mountain" in Golden Globes. The Golden
Globes nominated Kidman for a third year in a row (the 4th nomination
from the Hollywood Foreign Press in three years).
record breaking awards news comes from Sofia Coppola, the famed daughter
of Francis Ford Coppola. She is only the third woman in the history
of the Academy to be nominated in the Best Director category and the
first American to do so. Her victory was also evident at the 61st
Golden Globes where Coppola picked up favourite comedy or musical
honours in directing and original screenplay for her Tokyo small budget
film, "Lost in Translation". The film's lead actor, comedian
Bill Murray bagged the best actor in a comedy or musical from the
Hollywood foreign press on Sunday.
In the Best Actor Oscar race is Jude Law in "Cold
Mountain", Sean Penn in the critically hailed "Mystic River",
Johnny Depp in "Pirates of The Caribbean; The Curse of the Black
Pearl" and Bill Murray in "Lost in Translation". Both
"Mystic River" and "Lost in Translation" are up
for Best Picture along "LOTR: The Return of the King", "Master
and Commander: Far Side of the World" and horse drama "Seabiscuit".
Best director list includes Sofia Coppola, Clint Eastwood, (the only
Americans) Peter Weir, Peter Jackson and a big surprise Fernando Meirelles
for "City of God".
year's acting nominees in various Award shows have an interesting
crop of actors. Ranging from Charlize Theron in "Monster"
to Johnny Depp in "Pirates of The Caribbean; The Curse of the
Black Pearl" both have nominated for an Oscar in lead this year
Supporting acting crop of nominees this year includes
a shoo-in for last year's "Chicago" actress Renee Zellweger
(nominated in the best actress Oscar for "Chicago" and "Bridget
Jones Diary"). Zellweger stars alongside Kidman and Law in the
civil war epic, "Cold Mountain". Zellweger won the Golden
Globe for her role as Ruby and is up for an Oscar this year with Holly
Hunter, "Thirteen" and Marcia Gay Harden in "Mystic
River". Zellweger is easily the favourite among critics and fans
alike in the best supporting actress category.
Supporting actors in Oscar race 2004 is previous Oscar
winner Benicio Del Toro for "21 Grams", favourite Tim Robbins
in "Mystic River" and Ken Watanabe in "The Last Samurai".
top-notch contenders that failed to garner nominations include "The
Last Samurai star, Tom Cruise in the Best Actor category. I once met
him during a film premiere along his sweet heart, Penelope Cruz and
director Cameron Crowe and the word that pops to mind is megastar.
Another impressive actress overlooked by the Academy is Uma Thurman.
Thurman did a kick ass job in Quentin Tarrantino's awesome "Kill
The Best Actress is narrowed down to Keisha Castle
the youngest nominee ever in this category (only 13), Diane Keaton
for romantic comedy "Something's Gotta Give", Samantha Morton
a surprise nominee, already a favourite- Charlize Theron "Monster"
and Australian actress Naomi Watts "21 Grams".
With this I leave you my Oscar picks 2004!
*THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Overly hyped by fans
and critics alike, I think it will win.
LOST IN TRANSLATION Critics' favourite and mine personally but in
a tight race it may lose out.
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD There should be a
good Oscar campaign for this drama but it will also narrowly lose.
MYSTIC RIVER Deserves a statuette, but is unlikely to get it.
SEABISCUIT This is a dark contender among other favourite's and Academy
CITY OF GOD This nomination is a surprise
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Leads
in this race.
*LOST IN TRANSLATION My personal favourite and Coppola could cause
quite an upset by winning
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD The
nomination it self is an award here for director Peter Weir.
MYSTIC RIVER Clint Eastwood has won before and I think Academy voters
will award this film with other technical awards and for Tim Robbins
in the best supporting actor category.
IN A LEADING ROLE
Johnny Depp - PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
Will not win as I predict.
Ben Kingsley - HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG Will most likely be overlooked
by Academy voters
Jude Law - COLD MOUNTAIN Top contender since Nicole Kidman's absence
will be noted
Bill Murray - LOST IN TRANSLATION The best among the best but will
the Academy favour comedy over drama? History proves anything but
Sean Penn - MYSTIC RIVER The critics' favourite but Penn does not
do well with campaign and publicity. He has been nominated four times.
IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Alec Baldwin - THE COOLER Will probably be over looked.
Benicio Del Toro - 21 GRAMS Has won before and this nomination comes
as a surprise to too many.
Djimon Hounsou - IN AMERICA The nomination itself is an award here
*Tim Robbins - MYSTIC RIVER I think he has this award. The Globes
gave him the award and this film is a serious drama.
Ken Watanabe - THE LAST SAMURAI Long shot.
IN A LEADING ROLE
Keisha Castle-Hughes - WHALE RIDER Too young to win and this is a
very huge surprise, the nomination.
Diane Keaton - SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE Second top contender, Keaton
gives the performance of a lifetime.
Samantha Morton - IN AMERICA This film is just good enough for nominations,
I don't see it walking away with any awards this season.
*Charlize Theron - MONSTER The world's favorite Charlize is this close
from touching Oscar gold.
Naomi Watts - 21 GRAMS Good to see Naomi Watts nominated for her previous
snubs in Mulholland Dr. and The Ring.
IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Shohreh Aghdashloo - HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG This is a good film but
votes will most likely go elsewhere.
Patricia Clarkson - PIECES OF APRIL Good nomination but just not good
Marcia Gay Harden - MYSTIC RIVER She has won before but this time
the Academy will definitely reward Zellweger.
Holly Hunter - THIRTEEN Very young nominee and this is just a nomination
*Renée Zellweger - COLD MOUNTAIN This is the year Renee will
get the Oscar.
The one thing as big as the Oscars on Oscar night is
Halle Berry won the Best Actress Oscar two years ago in 2002 and she
did it with style. Halle Berry, a former beauty pageant winner (finalist
at the 1986 Miss World) is always a stunner on the red carpet. She
wore a burgundy Elie Saab showstopper!
The year before, Box office queen Julia Roberts wore an elegant black
ensemble done by Armani.
Last year's best actress wore Jean- Paul Gaultier. Kidman was classic
beauty in the black haute couture creation by Gaultier.
Oscar winner and classic beauty Catherine-Zeta Jones wore Versace
while pregnant and carried herself with grace in Versace creation.
Stars will be offered dress fittings to free accessories by designers
who want their fashion on the red carpet of the Oscars. Many Hollywood
actors on the red carpet favour Versace.
Men like to show wearing Ermenegildo Zegna on the red carpet. Hollywood
men especially like Armani. My personal choice this year is Ungaro.
I personally own an Ungaro and it is very trendy this year. What will
the stars wear to this year's Oscars? Who will win? As they say in
Hollywood how good one looks is on par with one's worth. The bar rises
each year with new fashion; one's look reflects their status in Hollywood
caption: Best actress nominees (from top): Charlize Theron, Naomi
Watts and Keisha Castle-Hughes & Best actor nominees: Jude Law,
Ben Kingsley and Johnny Depp
Mars Rover Project: Yet Another Space Age
successful landing of the Spirit is one of the most discussed topics
now. Being the biggest expeditions to Mars since the Path Finder,
the Mars Rover project has just placed another milestone in space
exploration history. The first craft of the project named Spirit landed
on the red planet with the right side up on the 4th of January and
the second craft
landed shortly after midnight Eastern Time on Sunday, January 25th
at a landing site opposite to that of Spirit.
mars exploration rover started its journey on June 10, 2003 on a Delta
II rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It reached Mars after a seven
month journey. The landing technique was similar to that of the path
finder, speeding through the red atmosphere and deploying airbags
to absorb the shock. However the rover has been slightly damaged as
all the airbags did not work as planned. After landing the rover,
Spirit was let out to wander around the dusty surface. The second
rover which contains Opportunity started right after the first one;
its landing methods are identical to the first one's. Opportunity
is also travelling on a Delta II rocket. Both of the rovers bear a
sophisticated set of instruments - the Athena Science Payload - that
will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water in the planet's
past and discover necessary information about the planets geography.
is a six wheeled robot vehicle with a sophisticated set of instruments.
It weighs about 180 kilograms and can travel about a 100 meters per
Martian day or sol (which is about half an hour longer than an Earth
day). Both of the Mars Exploration Rovers run with a 32-bit Rad 6000
microprocessor, a radiation-hardened version of the PowerPC chip used
in some models of Macintosh computers, operating at a speed of 20
per second. Onboard memory includes 128 megabytes of random access
memory, augmented by 256 megabytes of flash memory and smaller amounts
of other non-volatile memory, which allows the system to retain data
even without power. The rover uses 1 mega pixel cameras for imaging.
It takes multiple shots from different perspectives and uses it to
create an actual 3D view. The ground team at JPL uses a Java made
computer program named Maestro to manoeuvre the vehicles. There is
also a public version of Maestro which allows typical users to go
on simulated Mars drives with
built using the information sent by the rovers. It's like playing
a video game but the only difference is that the terrain is the actual
Martian terrain. You can get the software from "http://mars.telascience.org".
I wasn't able to test it as it is a 100MB beast which would take days
for me to download (on my slow dial up connection), but those of you
who are blessed with broadband (or radio link perhaps) might give
objectives of this project include testing of the Martian soil, checking
the truth of the hypothesis about the existence of water or possible
life on Mars, examining the Mars geography and atmosphere etc. NASA's
$820 million dual Mars Exploration Rover project is already considered
a success by the people at NASA and JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory).
This is in spite of the fact that Spirit has not been able to send
any of the expected scientific information yet and is not hoped to
be able to do so anytime this week. Shortly before noon 23rd of January
Spirit sent over a relay of data via the Mars Odyssey orbiter. It
sent 73 megabits at a rate of 128 kilobits per second. The transmission
included power subsystem engineering data but no science data. It
also included several frames of fill data, which is an intentionally
sent array of random numbers that contain no real data. The rovers
might give the scientists some hints about the fate of the lost Beagle.
knowledge regarding the red planet will be incremented greatly by
this project. It is certainly a great way to start a new era where
science fictions turn into reality. If the improvements in this section
continue, the day when we can go on pleasure trips to other planets
might not be very far off. If you're planning to buy some outer space
real estate this just might be a good time to start saving.