The 'razzle dazzle' of Chicago lights up the Golden Globes

Story by Jack Foley

THE ‘razzle dazzle’ of Chicago helped to light up the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday night (January 19, 2003), when the film won three major prizes, including best musical or comedy film, as well as acting awards for Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger.

The night’s other big winner was The Hours (viewed by many as the big Oscar favourite), which was named best dramatic film, while also earning Nicole Kidman a best dramatic actress prize for her role as author Virginia Woolf.

In the hotly contested best dramatic actor category (viewed by many as a two-horse race between Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis), the former won for his role in About Schmidt, beating off fellow contenders Leonardo DiCaprio, Adrien Brody and Sir Michael Caine.

Yet the star was extremely modest when accepting the award, stating that he didn’t know whether ‘to be happy or ashamed, since we started off making a comedy’.

The best director prize was taken by Martin Scorsese for his epic labour of love, Gangs of New York, which insisted on using proper sets rather than CGI-backdrops.

He commented: "This picture's been a dream of mine - this is really, maybe, a dream come true," said the Goodfellas director.

But the night belonged to Chicago, which had led the field with eight nominations. Zellweger, who has recently agreed to reprise her role as Bridget Jones for the sequel, praised her co-star, Catherine Zeta Jones, when accepting the award for best actress in a musical or comedy, while her co-star, Gere, said he was shocked, as he didn’t usually win anything.

Of the other big winners on the night, Meryl Streep won her third Golden Globe for her supporting role in black comedy, Adaptation, the critically-acclaimed follow-up from the team behind Being John Malkovich, while her co-star, Chris Cooper, won best supporting actor.

Spanish filmmaker, Pedro Almodovar's film, Talk to Her, about the relationship struck up between two men who meet in hospital while looking after two women in comas, won best foreign film, beating off the likes of City Of God and China’s martial arts epic, Hero.

Veteran star, Gene Hackman, was awarded the prestigious Cecil B DeMille Award, which honoured the star of films such as The French Connection, Unforgiven and The Royal Tenenbaums for a career spanning nearly 80 films.

Among the night’s biggest losers, however, were Peter Jackson's epic Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Quiet American, Phillip Noyce’s acclaimed adaptation of the Graham Greene novel, starring Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser.

The Golden Globe winners are picked by a panel of 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and are viewed by many as a strong indication of which films are most likely to succeed at the Oscars.

Awards in full:
Best dramatic film:

The Hours
Also nominated:
About Schmidt
Gangs of new York
The Pianist
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Best dramatic actress:
Nicole Kidman - The Hours
Also nominated:
Salma Hayek - Frida
Julianne Moore - Far From Heaven
Meryl Streep - The Hours
Diane Lane - Unfaithful

Best dramatic actor:

Jack Nicholson - About Schmidt
Also nominated:
Adrien Brody - The Pianist
Michael Caine - The Quiet American
Daniel Day Lewis - Gangs of New York
Leonardo DiCaprio - Catch Me If You Can

Best director:

Martin Scorsese - Gangs of New York
Also nominated:
Spike Jonze - Adaptation
Peter Jackson - The Two Towers
Stephen Daldry - The Hours
Rob Marshall - Chicago
Alexander Payne - About Schmidt

Best screenplay:
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor - About Schmidt
Also nominated:
Charlie Kaufman - Adaptation
Bill Condon - Chicago
David Hare - The Hours
Todd Haynes - Far From Heaven

Best actress musical or comedy:
Renee Zellweger - Chicago
Also nominated:
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Secretary
Goldie Hawn - The Banger Sisters
Nia Vardalos - My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Catherine Zeta Jones - Chicago

Best musical or comedy film:

Also nominated:
About a Boy
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Nicholas Nickleby

Best actor in musical or comedy:
Richard Gere - Chicago
Also nominated:
Hugh Grant - About a Boy
Nicolas Cage - Adaptation
Kieran Culkin - Igby Goes down
Adam Sandler - Punch Drunk Love

Best foreign language film:
Talk to Her - Spain
Also nominated:
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - France
City Of God - Brazil
The Crime of Father Amaro (El Crimen del Padre Amaro) - Mexico
Hero - China
Nowhere in Africa - Germany

Best supporting actress:
Meryl Streep - Adaptation
Also nominated:
Kathy Bates - About Schmidt
Cameron Diaz - Gangs of New York
Queen Latifah - Chicago
Susan Sarandon - Igby Goes Down

Best supporting actor:
Chris Cooper - Adaptation

Also nominated: Ed Harris for -The Hours
Paul Newman - Road to Perdition
Dennis Quaid - Far From Heaven
John C Reilly - Chicago

Best original score - motion picture:
Elliot Goldenthal - Frida

Best original song - motion picture:
U2 - The Hands That Built America from Gangs of New York

Cecil B DeMille award:
Gene Hackman

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