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'A Beautiful Mind' has beautiful night at the Globes

Monday, January 21, 2002

By Anthony Breznican, The Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The Golden Globe Awards proved to be a beautiful night for "A Beautiful Mind," as the movie about a mathematical genius suffering from schizophrenia won best drama and best screenplay, and its stars, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, won for best actor, drama, and supporting actress.

Charlie Sheen won as Beat Actor, Musical or Comedy Series, for the TV series "Spin City." (NBC, Chris Haston, Associated Press)

The hyperactive musical "Moulin Rouge was named best musical or comedy movie and took two other awards at last night's ceremony.

"Moulin Rouge" star Nicole Kidman won best actress in a musical or comedy for playing a romantic cabaret singer, and composer Craig Armstrong won best original score, even though most of the music in the film was derived from famous pop songs.

"My hands are shaking," Kidman said. "This is really, really special because I never thought I'd be in a musical -- let alone win an award for one."

Sissy Spacek won best dramatic actress for the dark drama "In the Bedroom."

"I feel so blessed to get to do what I love to do and work with so many wonderfully talented people," Spacek said. "The best part is I get to go home to my most precious family."

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Gene Hackman, who couldn't make it to the ceremony, won the comedy actor Globe for his performance as the conniving head of a family of former child prodigies in "The Royal Tenenbaums."

Supporting actor honors went to performers who played supportive spouses in two true-life dramas about ailing geniuses.

Jennifer Connelly won for portraying the dedicated wife of mentally ill mathematician John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind," which also earned the screenplay Globe for Akiva Goldsman.

Jim Broadbent claimed the supporting actor trophy for playing the husband of novelist Iris Murdoch, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, in "Iris."

Robert Altman won best director for his murder-mystery satire "Gosford Park," which chronicles the scandals of aristocrats through the eyes of their servants.

"I don't know what a best director is, except that (it is) someone who stands in the same space with the best actors," Altman said. "I feel that they do the work and I get to watch. And nothing is better than that."

Sting was the victor in the movie song category for his romantic waltz "Until ...," from the comedy "Kate & Leopold."

The ceremony, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is considered by some to be a barometer for the Academy Awards in March.

It also showed that Hollywood is largely maintaining a toned-down attitude since Sept. 11. Absent were the outrageous antics or remarks that have given the Globes notoriety.

Still, some stars reflected a lightening mood.

Sela Ward, who was nominated as best dramatic actress for the television show "Once and Again," arrived in a bright red midriff-baring dress by Valentino.

"I think it's time for us to celebrate life and live, and it's kind of fun to get dressed tonight, I have to say," she said on the red carpet.

In the television categories, HBO's "Sex and the City" took the best comedy prize and star Sarah Jessica Parker won for comedic actress. The cable network's funeral home drama "Six Feet Under" won best dramatic series.

Charlie Sheen got the comedic actor award for ABC's "Spin City."

"This is so surreal. This is like a sober acid trip," joked Sheen, a recovering drug abuser.

Kiefer Sutherland's role as a CIA agent in the real-time thriller "24" won a dramatic TV actor trophy, and Jennifer Garner claimed the dramatic TV actress award for playing a sexy spy in ABC's "Alias."

"I'm really glad I had the first glass of wine -- I'm kind of regretting the second," Garner joked during her acceptance speech.

HBO's World War II drama "Band of Brothers" won best miniseries, and Tom Hanks, who co-produced the project, accepted the award on behalf of the veterans depicted in the film.

"They're all either at home or in heaven and we do this to bring attention to them," Hanks said.

Judy Davis received the miniseries actress award for ABC's "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows" and James Franco the miniseries actor prize for TNT's "James Dean."

Harrison Ford, star of the "Indiana Jones" adventures and the original "Star Wars" trilogy, took home the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. Past honorees include Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Barbra Streisand.

"In anticipation of tonight, I wrote two speeches -- a long one and a short one," the soft-spoken Ford joked. "Because I thought it might be a long evening, I'll give you the short one: Thank you. But it seems there might be enough time for the long one as well, which is: Thank you very much."

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