HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: <I>Cold Mountain</I> Hot With 8 Noms to Lead Golden Globes18 Dec, 2003 By: Gregg Kilday
From The Hollywood Reporter
Cold Mountain, director Anthony Minghella's adaptation of Charles Frazier's novel about a love tested by the Civil War, dominated the Golden Globe nominations announced today by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.
The Miramax Film release, which opens theatrically Christmas Day, earned eight nominations, including best dramatic picture, best director and recognition for its three stars -- Jude Law and Nicole Kidman who received best actor and actress noms, and Renee Zellweger, who was singled out for a best supporting actress nomination.
On the television side, HBO's "Angels in America," Mike Nichols' adaptation of Tony Kushner's epic play about AIDS in the age of Reagan, walked off with a commanding seven nominations, with Al Pacino and Meryl Streep leading its list of nominees.
In the film competition, Mystic River, Clint Eastwood's dark and brooding look at sexual molestation and murder in a tight-knit Boston community, and Lost in Translation, Sophia Coppola's bittersweet comedy about two Americans adrift in Tokyo, both scored five nominations each.
Scarlett Johansson, who plays a newlywed in Translation, proved this year's "it girl," capturing the attention of the HFPA voters. They gifted her with two nominations, one for best performance by an actress in a musical or comedy for Translation and another for best performance by an actress in a drama for Girl With a Pearl Earring, in which she plays a 17th-century housemaid and artist's muse.
In the key race for best drama, the contenders facing off against Cold Mountain and Mystic River are The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the third installment in Peter Jackson's adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkein classic; Peter Weir's seafaring Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; and Gary Ross' Seabiscuit, the account of the Depression-era racehorse.
In addition to Translation, the films in contention for best comedy or musical are Bend It Like Beckham, the British film about a South Asian Briton girl who yearns to compete on the soccer field; Big Fish, the father-and-son fable directed by Tim Burton; Pixar/Disney's under-the-sea computer animated hit, Finding Nemo; and Love Actually, writer/director Richard Curtis' multiple look at romance.
Because it has only one category for best director, the HFPA had to narrow down its choices. It settled on Coppola for Translation, Eastwood for River and Minghella for Mountain, along with Return of the King's Jackson and Master's Weir.
The best dramatic actress contest contained several surprises: Cate Blanchett was nominated for Veronica Guerin, in which she plays a crusading Irish journalist rather than her current film, The Missing. Uma Thurman slayed 'em for her vengeful martial arts warrior turn in Kill Bill Vol. 1. Evan Rachel Wood secured a nomination for her headstrong teenager in Thirteen. Kidman and Johansson complete the quintet.
The HFPA wheeled out the big guns for its best dramatic actor race. It pits Russell Crowe, who captains the ship in Master, against Tom Cruise, who goes Japanese in The Last Samurai; Ben Kingsley, playing an immigrant fighting for his turf in House of Sand and Fog; Law, who stars as an A.W.O.L. soldier in Mountain; and Sean Penn, who appears as an ex-con trying to defend his family in Mystic.
On a lighter note, for best actress in a motion picture or comedy, the HFPA chose Jamie Lee Curtis, for the generation gap comedy, Freaky Friday; Diane Keaton, who plays a woman of a certain age who finds herself falling in love in Something's Gotta Give; Diane Lane, who discovers romance abroad in Under the Tuscan Sun; Helen Mirren, who takes it all off in Calendar Girls; and Translation's Johansson.
The race for best actor in a musical or comedy could develop into a raucous affair. The contenders are Jack Black, who plays an unorthodox teacher in School of Rock; Johnny Depp, who sails the seven seas in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl; Bill Murray, as an actor shooting a commercial in Tokyo in Translation; Jack Nicholson, who romances Keaton in Something's; and, in an unexpected turn, Billy Bob Thornton, for playing a robber disguised as St. Nick in Bad Santa.
The nominees for best actress in a supporting role are: Maria Bello, The Cooler; Patricia Clarkson, Pieces of April; Hope Davis, American Splendor; Holly Hunter, Thirteen; and Zellweger, Mountain.
For best performance by an actor in a supporting role the nominees are Alec Baldwin, The Cooler; Albert Finney, Big Fish; William H. Macy, Seabiscuit; Tim Robbins, Mystic; Peter Sarsgaard, Shattered Glass; and Ken Watanabe, Samurai.
The best screenplay race brings together Coppola, Lost in Translation; Richard Curtis, Love Actually; Brian Helgeland, Mystic River; Minghella, Cold Mountain; and the family trio of Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan for In America.
Nominees for best score are Alexandre Desplat, Girl With a Pearl Earring; Danny Elfman, Fish; Howard Shore, King; Gabriel Yard, Mountain; and Hans Zimmer, Samurai.
Nominees for best original song are "The Heart of Every Girl" from Mona Lisa Smile, music by Elton John and lyrics by Bernie Taupin; "Into the West" from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, music and lyrics by Howard Shore, Fran Walsh and Annie Lenox; "Man of the Hour" from Big Fish, music and lyrics by Eddie Vedder; "Time Enough for Tears" from In America, music and lyrics by Bono, Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer"; and "You Will Be My Ain True Love" from Cold Mountain, music and lyrics by Sting.
Nominees for best foreign language film are The Barbarian Invasions (French Canada); Good Bye, Lenin (Germany); "Monsieur Ibrahim (France); Osama (Afghanistan); and The Return (Russia).
Nominees for best TV drama are "24," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Nip/Tuck," "Six Feet Under," and "The West Wing."
The best comedy/musical series nominees are "Arrested Development," "Monk," "The Office," "Sex and the City" and "Will & Grace."
Winners of the 61st annual Golden Globe Awards will be announced Jan. 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broacast live by NBC.