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:: Spotlight :: 62nd Golden Globe Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The countdown to the 62nd Golden Globe Awards on January 16, 2005 has begun with the announcement of the nominations and the recipient of the Cecil B.DeMille Award for outstanding contribution.

Alexander Payne's comedy “Sideways” leads the nominations with seven and actor Jamie Foxx scored the most individual nominations with three when nominations were announced recently. Other nomination leaders in the movie categories were “The Aviator” (six), “Closer”, “Finding Neverland” and “Million Dollar Baby”, each with five.

The Golden Globe Awards will be presented Sunday, January 16, 2005, during a star-studded ceremony broadcast live from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Robin Williams (pictured), an 11-time Golden Globe Award nominee and five-time winner, has been chosen to receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s highest honor, the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contribution to entertainment.

Robin Williams’ stellar career embraces comedy and drama and crosses media from television and movies to the stage and the recording arts. He also is known for his extraordinary generosity, most notably as a driving force behind Comic Relief. He has received three Golden Globes as Best Actor (Comedy or Musical) for Mrs. Doubtfire, The Fisher King, and Good Morning, Vietnam and another as Best Television Actor (Comedy or Musical) for Mork & Mindy.

He also received a special Golden Globe for his vocal work in Aladdin. He received six additional Golden Globe nominations – two as Best Actor (Drama) for Awakenings and Dead Poets Society; two as Best Actor (Comedy or Musical) for Patch Adams and Moscow on the Hudson; one as Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting; and one as Best Television Actor (Comedy or Musical) for Mork & Mindy.

Here is the list of nominations (film categories):

BEST MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
THE INCREDIBLES
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
RAY
SIDEWAYS

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY

ANNETTE BENING - BEING JULIA
ASHLEY JUDD - DE-LOVELY
EMMY ROSSUM - Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
KATE WINSLET - ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
RENEE ZELLWEGER - BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE -MUSICAL OR COMEDY

JIM CARREY - ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
JAMIE FOXX - RAY
PAUL GIAMATTI - SIDEWAYS
KEVIN KLINE - DE-LOVELY
KEVIN SPACEY - BEYOND THE SEA

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

THE CHORUS (LES CHORISTES) (FRANCE)
HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (CHINA)
THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (BRAZIL)
THE SEA INSIDE (SPAIN)
A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT (FRANCE)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

CATE BLANCHETT - THE AVIATOR
LAURA LINNEY - KINSEY
VIRGINIA MADSEN - SIDEWAYS
NATALIE PORTMAN - CLOSER
MERYL STREEP - THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

DAVID CARRADINE - KILL BILL VOL. 2
THOMAS HADEN CHURCH - SIDEWAYS
JAMIE FOXX - COLLATERAL
MORGAN FREEMAN - MILLION DOLLAR BABY
CLIVE OWEN - CLOSER

BEST DIRECTOR - MOTION PICTURE

CLINT EASTWOOD - MILLION DOLLAR BABY
MARC FORSTER - FINDING NEVERLAND
MIKE NICHOLS - CLOSER
ALEXANDER PAYNE - SIDEWAYS
MARTIN SCORSESE - THE AVIATOR

BEST SCREENPLAY - MOTION PICTURE

CHARLIE KAUFMAN - ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
JOHN LOGAN - THE AVIATOR
DAVID MAGEE - FINDING NEVERLAND
PATRICK MARBER - CLOSER
ALEXANDER PAYNE & JIM TAYLOR - SIDEWAYS

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE

CLINT EASTWOOD - MILLION DOLLAR BABY
JAN A.P. KACZMAREK - FINDING NEVERLAND
ROLFE KENT - SIDEWAYS
HOWARD SHORE - THE AVIATOR
HANS ZIMMER - SPANGLISH

BEST ORIGINAL SONG - MOTION PICTURE

“ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE” - SHREK 2 - Music & Lyrics by: Adam Duritz, Dan Vickery, David Immergluck, Matthew Malley & David Bryson
BELIEVE” - THE POLAR EXPRESS - “Music & Lyrics by: Glen Ballard & Alan Silvestri
“LEARN TO BE LONELY” - Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - Music by: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by: Charles Hart
“MILLION VOICES” - HOTEL RWANDA - Music by: Wyclef Jean, Jerry “Wonder” Duplessis, Andrea Guerra, Lyrics by: Wyclef Jean
“OLD HABITS DIE HARD” - ALFIE - Music & Lyrics by: Mick Jagger & David A. Stewart

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**Winners**

The following is a complete list of Golden Globe Award winners - film categories - announced on January 16:

Best Picture - Drama: “The Aviator”
Best Actor - Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Aviator”
Best Actress - Drama: Hilary Swank, “Million Dollar Baby”
Best Picture - Musical or Comedy: “Sideways”
Best Actor - Musical or Comedy: Jamie Foxx, “Ray”
Best Actress - Musical or Comedy: Annette Bening, “Being Julia”
Best Supporting Actor: Clive Owen, “Closer”
Best Supporting Actress: Natalie Portman, “Closer”
Best Director: Clint Eastwood, “Million Dollar Baby”
Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, “Sideways”
Best Original Score: Howard Shore, “The Aviator”
Best Original Song: “Old Habits Die Hard” from “Alfie” by Mick Jagger and David A. Stewart.
Best Foreign Language Film: “The Sea Inside” Spain.

The Howard Hughes epic, “The Aviator” was the big winner with the Best Picture - Drama prize, and two other honours - but five different films split the key acting honours. The road-trip romp “Sideways” won the award for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy, while lead actor prizes went to Jamie Foxx of the Ray Charles film biography “Ray”, Hilary Swank of the boxing saga “Million Dollar Baby”, Annette Bening of the showbiz comedy “Being Julia”, and Leonardo DiCaprio of “The Aviator”.

“Can I just tell you that I am having the ride of my life right now?” said Jamie Foxx, who is considered the frontrunner to win the Best Actor Oscar for his uncanny emulation of Ray Charles. “I wish I could take what I'm feeling right now and put it in the water system, and we would all love each other a whole lot more.”

Hilary Swank's win for dramatic actress and Annette Bening's for musical or comedy sets up an Oscar rematch between the performers, who competed against each other five years ago for best actress. Underdog Swank won the Golden Globe and Oscar for “Boys Don't Cry” over Bening, who had been considered the favourite for “American Beauty”.

Swank paid tribute to director and co-star Clint Eastwood. “I don‘t want to ruin your `go ahead, make my day image,’ but you have such a huge heart and you envelop all the people around you. You guided us so brilliantly, while you also, in my humble opinion, gave the performance of your career.”

In “Being Julia” Annette Bening plays an ageing stage diva in 1930s London who plots gleeful revenge against the men in her life. Backstage, Bening said that while Hollywood economics is geared toward roles for younger actresses, she said there are filmmakers eager to present tales of older women.

As Hughes in “The Aviator” dramatic actor winner Leonardo DiCaprio was reunited with his “Gangs of New York” director Martin Scorsese. DiCaprio said that for all his good fortune in Hollywood, the “pinnacle of all that is to work alongside one of the greatest contributors to the world of cinema of all time, and that is the great Martin Scorsese.”

Eastwood won the directing honor for “Million Dollar Baby” giving him a good chance to win again at the Oscars. He previously won the directing Oscar for “Unforgiven”.

Natalie Portman and Clive Owen won supporting actor honours for the sex drama “Closer” their wins coming as something of a surprise. Both offered their thanks to “Closer” director Mike Nichols.

“The Aviator” earned composer Howard Shore the award for film score, while Mick Jagger and ex-Eurythmics star Dave Stewart won the song honour for “Old Habits Die Hard” from “Alfie.”

“I'd like to thank Dave Stewart for getting me into this mess,” Jagger said on stage alongside Stewart. Jagger is never one to attend award ceremonies and this was a new experience for him.

Spain's “The Sea Inside” — starring Javier Bardem in the real-life story of Ramon Sampedro, a paralysed man who fought a decades-long battle for his right to die - was picked as best foreign language film.

We await the next awards ceremonies - Satellite Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, BAFTA Awards, and the Academy Awards.

The following pictures are courtesy of Steve Granitz

Scarlett Johansson Teri Hatcher
Halle Berry Hilary Swank
Nicole Kidman Jennifer Garner
Cate Blanchett

The following pictures are courtesy of Christina Radish

Diane Kruger Naomi Watts
Kelli Garner Radha Mitchell
Leonardo DiCaprio with Martin Scorsese Clive Owen