<I>A Beautiful Mind</I> Takes Top Golden Globe Honors21 Jan, 2002 By: Staff Reporter
A Beautiful Mind, the Universal/Dreamworks drama about the troubled mathematician John Nash Jr., narrowly trumped Moulin Rouge, the hellzapoppin' musical from 20th Century Fox, as it took home four awards to the musical's three at the 59th annual Golden Globe Awards that took place Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast by NBC.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on the awards, gifted Mind with four trophies, including best dramatic movie and bestowed three globes on Moulin, including best comedy or musical.
Mind also earned top male dramatic acting honors for its star, Russell Crowe, a best supporting actress nod for Jennifer Connelly, who plays Nash's loyal wife, and screenplay honors for Avika Goldsman.
Moulin Rouge, directed by Baz Luhrmann and 20th Century Fox. That movie also earned trophies for Nicole Kidman, honored as best actress in a musical or comedy, and best score, composed by Craig Armstrong.
The English countryhouse comedy, USA Films' Gosford Park earned veteran director Robert Altman the honors as best director of the year. The six film acting awards split among five different films.
Crowe -- who lost the Globe last year for his performance in Gladiator to Tom Hanks, who won for Cast Away -- was named best actor in a drama for A Beautiful Mind.
Sissy Spacek, who's already picked up a slew of honors, was selected best actress in a drama for the mother, beset by tragedy, that she plays in the Miramax Films' release, In the Bedroom.
Nicole Kidman was honored as best actress in a musical or comedy for her consumptive night club singer in the 20th Century Fox musical, Moulin Rouge, directed by Baz Luhrmann.
Gene Hackman was chosen best actor in a musical or comedy for his eccentric patriach in Disney's The Royal Tenenbaums, filmed by Wes Anderson.
Jennifer Connolly, who plays John Nash's long-suffering wife in Universal/DreamWorks's A Beautiful Mind, copped the award for best supporting actress in a film.
British actor Jim Broadbent, won best supporting actor for playing Iris Murdoch's supportive husband in Miramax Film's Iris.
Akiva Goldsman was the top screenplay honors for penning A Beautiful Mind.
HBO dominated the TV awards: "Sex and the City" won the best TV comedy series award, while the new series, "Six Feet Under," the mordant account of a family who runs a funeral home, was named best TV drama series.
The cable network's wartime drama, "Band of Brothers," exec produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, won the title as best miniseries.
In the TV acting races, Sarah Jessica Parker took best actor in a comedy for "Sex and the City." "Six Feet Under" earned Rachel Griffiths a trophy as best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or TV movie. The HBO Nazi docudrama "Conspiracy" earned Stanley Tucci the award as best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or TV movie.
Second-generation stars also fared well. Keifer Sutherland was named best actor in a drama for the new Fox series, "24." Charlie Sheen was named best actor in a comedy for ABC's "Spin City," in which he took over the male lead from Michael J. Fox.
Playing legendary stars led to honors for Judy Davis, hailed as best actress in a miniseries for ABC's Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows and to James Franco , who was named best actor in a miniseries for playing James Dean in TNT's James Dean.
Jennifer Garner, the star of the new ABC series, "Alias," proved a surprise winner as best actress in a TV series drama.
Craig Armstrong won the best original score award for the musical Moulin Rouge, while Sting, the composer and performer, was honored for best original song for "Until," the tune he penned for Miramax Film's romance, Kate and Leopold.
The best foreign language film award went to the Bosnian entry, No Man's Land, an allegory about the absurdity of war.
Ben Affleck, who has inherited the role of novelist Tom Clancy's CIA agent Jack Ryan, who he'll portray in the upcoming Paramount Films' feature, The Sum of All Fears, paid tribute to the actor who first played Ryan on film, Harrison Ford, telling him, "You are quite simply one hell of a great actor."
In accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, a career achievement tribute, Ford said, "My luck is holding, I'm nominated in a category where the competition is dead."
-- Gregg Kilday