Aussies sweep the board at Globes

BEVERLY HILLS, JAN. 21. “A Beautiful Mind,” Ron Howard’s emotional thriller about a brilliant but schizophrenic mathematician, won the Golden Globe Award for best dramatic motion picture on Sunday night, while “Moulin Rouge,” Baz Luhrmann’s self-consciously gaudy attempt to resurrect the movie musical, was named best comedy or musical film.

Many had hoped that the 59th annual Golden Globe Awards would help clarify what had been a fairly muddled movie awards season, perhaps giving some indication of what films were likely to figure prominently in the Academy Awards later this year. Certainly, both “Moulin Rouge” and “A Beautiful Mind” got significant boosts at Sunday night’s ceremonies, which were held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

It was also a banner night for Australians, and for HBO. Luhrmann and acting winners Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Rachel Griffiths are all Australians, and HBO took all three top television awards: best dramatic series, best comedy series and best mini-series. Howard’s film also won for Crowe’s lead dramatic performance as the mathematician, Jennifer Connelly’s supporting performance and for Akiva Goldsman’s script, while Luhrmann’s anachronistic musical, mixing period settings with contemporary songs, won for Kidman’s lead performance and Craig Armstrong’s score.

Sissy Spacek won the award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Film for “In the Bedroom,” playing a mother trying to overcome the violent death of her son. One of the evening’s bigger surprises, and the source of the longest ovation, was Robert Altman’s winning the best director award for “Gosford Park,” a murder mystery set on an English country estate. “Gosford Park” was widely seen as a solid return to form for one of the legendary American directors of the 1970s. Among the films that are considered strong Oscar contenders and held multiple nominations going into Sunday’s ceremonies yet came away empty-handed were “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “Mulholland Drive” and “Ali.”

Harrison Fordon Sunday night added the Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award to his roster. — New York Times

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