“Chicago” Tops Golden Globes; “The Hours,” “About Schmidt” Win For Dramas
by Wendy Mitchell
“Chicago” seemed to razzle-dazzle the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gave Rob Marshall’s directorial debut three Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. The Miramax musical took prizes for best musical or comedy, best actor in a musical or comedy (Richard Gere), and best actress in a musical or comedy (Renee Zellweger). In his acceptance speech, Gere made sure to thank Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein, saying that he had a “heart of gold” contrary to a recent New Yorker magazine profile.
In the dramatic side, awards were split: Stephen Daldry’s “The Hours” captured best drama, with Nicole Kidman taking best actress for her role as Virginia Wolff. Jack Nicholson took the actor prize in the dramatic category for “About Schmidt,” which he joked was more of a comedy to him. Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor won the screenplay award for “Schmidt.” Martin Scorsese won best director for his long-delayed epic “Gangs of New York.”
In the supporting actor roles, both Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper won for Spike Jonze’s “Adaptation.” Spain’s Pedro Almodovar won the globe for best foreign language film for “Talk to Her.” In the musical categories, Elliot Goldenthal won for his “Frida” score, and U2 won for “The Hands That Built America” from “Gangs of New York.”
Among the TV winners were several cable movies, including HBO’s “The Gathering Storm” (best TV miniseries or movie and best actor, Albert Finney), Mira Nair’s HBO flick “Hysterical Blindness”(best actress, Uma Thurman), and the late John Frankenheimer’s HBO drama “Path To War” (supporting actor, Donald Sutherland).