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Cold Mountain leads Golden Globe nominations (2004)



Story by: Jack Foley

ANTHONY Minghella's epic Civil War movie, Cold Mountain, has emerged as yet another of the main Oscar contenders, after scooping no less than eight Golden Globe Awards nominations.

Stars Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger are all nominated, as was director, Minghella, while the film itself is up for best film.

Clint Eastwood's excellent thriller, Mystic River, and Sofia Coppola's heartfelt comedy, Lost in Translation, are its biggest rivals, bagging five nominations each.

The Golden Globes are awarded in Los Angeles on January 25, and are seen as strong indicators for Oscar success.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and Seabiscuit will all be chasing Cold Mountain in the race for the best film accolade.

Anthony Minghella said he was pleased the Globes had recognised a film made by an international cast and crew, adding that 'the great thing about Hollywood has been its generosity toward people who don't come from America'.

British films and filmmakers also fared well, with US indie hit, Bend It Like Beckham, and Richard Curtis' star-studded comedy ensemble, Love Actually, nominated in the best musical or comedy movie category.

But they face stiff competition from Coppola's Lost in Translation, as well as Tim Burton's Big Fish, and animated hit, Finding Nemo.

In the best actor category, Jude Law is nominated alongside Sir Ben Kingsley, for House of Sand and Fog.

But they will be pitted against Sean Penn, for Mystic River, Russell Crowe, for Master and Commander, and Tom Cruise, for The Last Samurai.

The best actress award will be between Kidman, for Cold Mountain, Uma Thurman, for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Charlize Theron, for the upcoming Monster, Evan Rachel Wood, for controversial teen drama, Thirteen, and Cate Blanchett, for Veronica Guerin.

The rapidly-emerging Scarlett Johansson is nominated in two lead acting categories - best actress in a drama for Girl with the Pearl Earring and best actress in a musical or comedy for Lost in Translation.

While Minghella will be up against Lord of the Rings' Peter Jackson in the best director category, as well as Clint Eastwood, Peter Weir and Sofia Coppola.

Another Brit, Albert Finney is among those in the best supporting actor race, after receiving a nomination for his glorious turn in Big Fish.

Supporting actress nominees include Zellweger, for Cold Mountain, and Hope Davis, for indie favourite, American Splendor.

The Golden Globes also cover television, and British hit The Office - which airs on cable channel BBC America - is competing in the comedy section against established series, including Sex and the City and Will and Grace.

Its star and creator, Ricky Gervais, is named on the best comedy TV actor shortlist, competing against Matt LeBlanc, for Friends, and Eric McCormack, for Will and Grace.

Lorenzo Soria, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organises the awards, said the range of movies this year was very diverse.

Best dramatic film:
Cold Mountain
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Mystic River
Seabiscuit

Best dramatic actress:
Cate Blanchett (Veronica Guerin)
Nicole Kidman (Cold Mountain)
Scarlett Johansson (Girl with a Pearl Earring)
Charlize Theron (Monster)
Uma Thurman (Kill Bill - Vol 1)
Evan Rachel Wood (Thirteen)

Best dramatic actor:
Russell Crowe (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World)
Tom Cruise (The Last Samurai)
Sir Ben Kingsley (House of Sand and Fog)
Jude Law (Cold Mountain)
Sean Penn (Mystic River)

Best director:
Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation)
Clint Eastwood (Mystic River)
Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain)
Peter Weir (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World)

Best screenplay
Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation)
Richard Curtis (Love Actually)
Brian Helgeland (Mystic River)
Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain)
Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan (In America)

Best actress musical or comedy:
Jamie Lee Curtis (Freaky Friday)
Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation)
Diane Keaton (Something's Gotta Give)
Diane Lane (Under the Tuscan Sun)
Helen Mirren (Calendar Girls)

Best musical or comedy film:
Bend it Like Beckham
Big Fish
Finding Nemo
Lost in Translation
Love Actually

Best actor in musical or comedy:
Jack Black (School of Rock)
Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)
Bill Murray (Lost in Translation)
Jack Nicholson (Something's Gotta Give)
Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa)

Best foreign language film:
The Barbarian Invasions (French Canada)
Good Bye Lenin (Germany)
Monsieur Ibrahim (France)
Osama (Afghanistan)
The Return (Russia)

Best supporting actress:
Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain)
Hope Davis (American Splendor)
Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April
Holly Hunter (Thirteen)
Maria Bello (The Cooler)

Best supporting actor:
Albert Finney (Big Fish)
Alec Baldwin (The Cooler)
William H Macy (Seabiscuit)
Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai)
Tim Robbins (Mystic River)
Peter Sarsgaard (Shattered Glass)

Best original score - motion picture:
Alexandre Desplat (Girl with a Pearl Earring)
Danny Elfman (Big Fish)
Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Gabriel Yared (Cold Mountain)
Hans Zimmer (The Last Samurai)

Best original song - motion picture:
The Heart of Every Girl (Mona Lisa Smile)
Into the West (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Man of the Hour (Big Fish)
Time Enough for Tears (In America)
You Will be my Ain True Love (Cold Mountain)

Cecil B DeMille award:
Michael Douglas

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