'Chicago,' 'Hours' win major catergories at Golden Globes


Published: Monday, January 20, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 20, 2003 at 12:16 a.m.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The sultry jazz musical "Chicago" won the Golden Globe for best musical-comedy Sunday while "The Hours" was honored as best film drama.

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Nicole Kidman holds the award she won for best actress in a motion picture drama for "The Hours" at the 60th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Sunday.

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Dramatic performance honors went to Jack Nicholson for playing a depressed retiree in "About Schmidt" and Nicole Kidman for her role as suicidal writer Virginia Woolf in "The Hours."

"I don't know whether to be happy or ashamed because I thought we made a comedy," said Nicholson, who took home his seventh Golden Globe. He stars in the tragicomic "About Schmidt" as a widower searching for meaning at the end of his life.

Kidman, who disguised her face with a prosthetic nose for the role, said she was just glad "The Hours" was made into a film. "It was a tricky movie in terms of the subject matter," said the actress, who now has three Golden Globes.

"Chicago" co-stars Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere won for best musical-comedy acting, and Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper received supporting performer honors for the loopy screenwriting comedy "Adaptation."

Martin Scorsese received the best director award for "Gangs of New York," a Civil War-era immigrant saga he'd wanted to make for decades that, once completed, was delayed for more than a year by Miramax Films.

"Maybe `dream come true' is a cliche because cliches are true. But it really is," he said.

Zellweger, who played a star-struck prisoner trying to beat a murder charge in "Chicago," thanked co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones, who was nominated in the same category. "You're a goddess and I'm so glad the world now knows what you can do," Zellweger told her while onstage.

"I'm literally totally shocked. I don't win anything," said Gere, who played a slick lawyer in the musical. "And I didn't even want to do this movie. That's what I know."

Streep, a frequent awards recipient who also was nominated in the dramatic actress category for "The Hours," said she wasn't prepared to win for "Adaptation."

"Oh my God, I've just been nominated 789 times and I was getting so settled over there for a long winter's nap," she said. "I didn't have anything prepared because it's been like (since) the Pleistocene era that I won anything."

The actress last won a Golden Globe in 1983, for "Sophie's Choice." (She's won two others, for "The French Lieutenant's Woman" in 1982 and "Kramer vs. Kramer" in 1980.)

Blending reality and fiction, "Adaptation" follows the agonized efforts of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman as he adapts author Susan Orlean's book "The Orchid Thief" for the screen. Kaufman jokingly fantasizes in the film's climax that Orlean was a drug-crazed, would-be killer.

"Susan Orlean, I apologize for the second half," said Streep, who played her in the film.

Cooper, who played a stringy-haired and toothless orchid poacher chronicled in Orlean's book, offered his thanks, saying: "You've given millions and millions of stringy-haired and toothless people a lot of hope."

He also thanked co-star Nicolas Cage as well as "Nic Cage," a reference to Cage's portrayal of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and his fictitious twin brother, Donald.

Kaufman lost the best screenplay prize, however, to Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor for "About Schmidt," adapted from the novel by Louis Begley.

U2 won the best movie song award for "The Hands That Built America" from "Gangs of New York," and composer Elliot Goldenthal received the best original score award for "Frida."

Pedro Almodovar's "Talk to Her," a Spanish drama about two men in love with comatose women in the same hospital, was chosen as best foreign film.

The ceremony, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is considered by some to be a barometer for the upcoming Academy Award nominations in February. Many of the nominated films have been unavailable in most parts of the country as studios waited to do wide releases closer to the awards ceremony and next month's Oscar nominations.

The Golden Globes, broadcast live on NBC, is renowned as one of Hollywood's biggest parties, where participants are encouraged to be spontaneous and irreverent.

"You have no idea how many men I've had to sleep with to get this award," said Kim Cattrall, who won in the TV supporting actress category for her role as the most promiscuous of the four women on HBO's "Sex and the City."

"The Shield" won for best TV drama, upsetting such major shows as "The Sopranos" and "The West Wing," and its star, Michael Chiklis, was named best actor in a drama series. His Golden Globe follows his surprise Emmy victory last year for playing a rogue cop on the violent, profanity-laced series on the FX cable channel.

HBO's acerbic sitcom "Curb Your Enthusiasm" won best TV comedy series. "This is a sad day for the Golden Globes. It is however, quite a good day for Larry David," joked David, the show's star and executive producer. "I suspect the wife will be a little forthcoming tonight."

The dramatic TV actress award went to Edie Falco for her performance as the unhappy wife of gangster Tony Soprano in HBO's "The Sopranos." Gasping that she was suffering from laryngitis, she accepted her award by flapping her hands and whispering, "I can't talk."

Jennifer Aniston won best TV comedy actress for NBC's "Friends," while Tony Shalhoub received the TV comedy actor's trophy for the USA Network detective show "Monk."

Gene Hackman accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for a career spanning more than 80 films. His roles in "The French Connection" and "Unforgiven" won him both Golden Globes and Academy Awards and he received an additional Golden Globe honor last year for the comedy "The Royal Tenenbaums."

Golden Globe honors are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's roughly 90 members, who cover Hollywood for overseas publications.

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