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Jackson and Gervais steal the limelight at Golden Globes

Story by: Jack Foley

PETER Jackson was unofficially crowned king of Hollywood last night (Sunday, January 25, 2004), when Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King emerged as the big winner at this year’s Golden Globes.

The final part of Tolkien’s epic trilogy took four awards, including best film and best director, confirming its status as this year’s hot Oscar favourite.

But while the movie awards offered very few surprises in the major categories, the TV honours did raise eyebrows, especially when BBC sitcom, The Office, was named best TV musical or comedy series, and its creator, Ricky Gervais, took best comedy actor.

The fly-on-the-wall comedy, which concluded at Christmas with a two-part special, saw off the likes of Friends in both categories and stunned Gervais, who hadn’t even prepared a speech.

The Globes are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and are viewed as the second biggest US awards ceremony, behind the Oscars.

Jackson received a huge round of applause as he collected his best director statuette, beating the likes of Clint Eastwood (Mystic River), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain) and Peter Weir (Master and Commander).

He commented afterwards that he was ‘happy to receive awards and very grateful’ adding that he just wanted ‘to accept this award and pay tribute to Professor (JRR) Tolkien for his incredible book’.

The Return of the King also took the best film, seeing off the favourite, Cold Mountain, while Howard Shore took best score, and the film nabbed best original song.

However, of the other major contenders, Eastwood’s Mystic River fared well, taking two awards, including best dramatic actor, for Sean Penn, best supporting actor, for Tim Robbins, who announced upon collecting his award that, ‘Clint, you are the man’.

Penn was not at the ceremony to collect his accolade, so Eastwood picked it up on his behalf.

Lost in Translation, meanwhile, received three awards, including best actor in a musical or comedy, for Bill Murray, best screenplay (for Coppola) and best musical or comedy film.

However, the big loser on the night was Cold Mountain, which had led the list of nominees ahead of the evening. It only received one major honour, for Renee Zellweger, as best supporting actress, and she quickly praised director, Minghella, for finally picking up the phone and offering her a role.

The best dramatic actress prize went to Charlize Theron, for her portrayal of real-life serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, in Monster, while Diane Keaton took the best actress in a comedy or musical statuette, for Something’s Gotta Give.

Theron was overwhelmed by the award, describing it as ‘insane’. She beat off stiff competition from the likes of Nicole Kidman (Cold Mountain) and Scarlett Johansson (Girl With a Pearl Earring).

Switching to TV, however, and Gervais, who is certain to make most of the headlines, having made history by becoming the first British actor to win a TV comedy acting award at the Globes.

The writer and actor had believed that Friends' star, Matt LeBlanc (Joey), would win, especially as that series draws to its close, while The Office also triumphed over popular hits such as Will and Grace and Sex and the City.

"I'm not from these parts... I'm from a little place called England," he said upon receiving the statuette. We used to run the world before you."

In other TV categories, the third series of real-time thriller, 24, won best drama, beating Six Feet Under and The West Wing, while controversial mini-series, Angels in America, starring Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, won five awards, including best mini-series.

Pacino and Streep also picked up the best actor and actress awards, as well as best supporting honours for Jeffrey Wright and Mary Louise Parker.

The full list of winners for the Golden Globes 2004.

Best dramatic film:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best dramatic actress:
Charlize Theron (Monster)

Best dramatic actor:
Sean Penn (Mystic River)

Best director:
Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)

Best screenplay
Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation)

Best actress musical or comedy:
Diane Keaton (Something's Gotta Give)

Best musical or comedy film:
Lost in Translation

Best actor in musical or comedy:
Bill Murray (Lost in Translation)

Best foreign language film:
Osama (Afghanistan)

Best supporting actress:
Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain)

Best supporting actor:
Tim Robbins (Mystic River)

Best original score - motion picture:
Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)

Best original song - motion picture:
Into the West (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)

Cecil B DeMille award:
Michael Douglas

Best TV drama:

Best TV drama actress:
Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under)

Best TV drama actor:
Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace)

Best TV musical or comedy series:
The Office

Best TV actress in musical or comedy series:
Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City)

Best TV actor in musical or comedy series:
Ricky Gervais (The Office)

Best mini-series or TV movie:
Angels in America

Best actress in a mini-series or TV movie:
Meryl Streep (Angels in America)

Best actor in a mini-series or TV movie:
Al Pacino (Angels in America)

Best supporting actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie:
Mary Louise Parker (Angels in America)

Best supporting actor in a series, mini-series or TV movie:
Jeffrey Wright (Angels in America)

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