Chicago takes centre stage at Golden Globe nominations

Story by Jack Foley

THE cast of Chicago took centre stage when the nominations for this year's Golden Globe Awards were announced today (Thursday, December 19, 2002).

The musical, starring Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger, notched up eight nominations - one more than its closest rival, The Hours, starring Nicole Kidman.

All three of its main stars landed acting nominations (in the Best Actor/Actress in a Musical or Comedy category), while co-stars John C Reilly and Queen Latifah both landed nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Actress. The film is also in the running for Best Musical/Comedy, while its director, Rob Marhsall, and writer, Bill Condon, also secured nominations.

The Golden Globes are viewed by many as a clear indication of which films will be vying for Oscar glory and mark the biggest awards ceremony prior to the Academy's hand-out in March. Of the other contenders, Adaptation, Gangs of New York, About Schmidt, and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers also scored heavily.

Movie-based black comedy Adaptation, the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to Being John Malkovich, which stars Nicolas Cage as an insecure screenwriter, and Meryl Streep, received six nominations, including nods for Cage and director, Spike Jonze.

Peter Jackson's latest Lord of the Rings installment, The Two Towers, and Martin Scorsese's epic Gangs of New York will battle it out for best dramatic film, along with the likes of The Hours, Jack Nicholson's drama About Schmidt and Roman Polanski's Cannes winner, The Pianist.

Scorsese and Jackson will also go head-tohead in the best director category, along with Jonze, Marshall, Stephen Daldry (The Hours) and Alexander Payne (About Schmidt).

As predicted by many critics, Sir Michael Caine has made the shortlist for best dramatic actor, and will be pitted against fellow Brit, Daniel Day Lewis (Gangs of New York), as well as Leonardo DiCaprio (Catch Me If You Can), Jack Nicholson (About Schmidt) and Adrien Brody (The Pianist).

Early Oscar favourite, Nicole Kidman, leads the female dramatic actor category for her performance in The Hours, while Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek, Julianne Moore and Diane Lane promise to offer stiff competition for The Hours, Frida, Far From Heaven and Unfaithful, respectively.

Streep also landed another nomination in the supporting actress category, for her role as a writer in Adaptation.

Vying for the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy category, alongside the Chicago duo, will be Maggie Gyllenhaal (for the highly-rated Secretary), Goldie Hawn (The Banger Sisters) and Nia Vardalos (star of this year's massive indie hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), while in the male category Gere will have to beat off Hugh Grant (About A Boy), Nicolas Cage (Adaptation), Kieran Culkin (Igby Goes Down) and Adam Sandler (for Punch Drunk Love).

Chicago, meanwhile, is pitted against Adaptation, About A Boy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Nicholas Nickleby in the Best musical or comedy section.

In the foreign language category, meanwhile, Indielondon favourite, Talk To Her (by Pedro Almodovar), will compete against the likes of the controversial The Crime of Father Amaro (El Crimen del Padre Amaro), City Of God and Hero for top honours.

For the record, last year's winners big two were A Beautiful Mind (best dramatic film) and Moulin Rouge (best musical or comedy), while stars Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman both picked up acting gongs, as did Sissy Spacek and Gene Hackman.

The nominations in full:

Best dramatic film:
About Schmidt
Gangs of New York
The Pianist
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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

Best dramatic actor:
Adrian Brody - The Pianist
Michael Caine - The Quiet American
Daniel Day Lewis - Gangs of New York
Leonardo DiCaprio - Catch Me If You Can
Jack Nicholson - About Schmidt

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

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

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

Best musical or comedy:
About a Boy
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Nicholas Nickleby

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

Best foreign language film:
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
Talk to Her - Spain

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

Best supporting actor:
Chris Cooper - Adaptation
Ed Harris for - The Hours
Paul Newman - Road to Perdition
Dennis Quaid - Far From Heaven
John C Reilly - Chicago

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