2001 Golden Globe Awards

Feature article by Matt Heffernan <matt@filmhead.com>
January 21, 2001

Tonight, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the winners of the 2001 Golden Globe Awards. I made my predictions yesterday, but it was a tough year and I acknowledged beforehand that anything could happen. Let's see how things turned out.

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Billy Elliot
Erin Brockovich
Gladiator
Sunshine
Traffic
Wonder Boys
My Prediction: Erin Brockovich
...and the winner is: Gladiator
What I have to say: As I had imagined, Steven Soderbergh would cancel himself out in both picture and director categories, but at least I did predict who would take advantage of the split vote.

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Almost Famous
Best in Show
Chicken Run
Chocolat
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
My Prediction: Chicken Run
...and the winner is: Almost Famous
What I have to say: I didn't think Cameron Crowe's film had a shot considering how poorly it did at the box office, but it was certainly the most deserving nominee.

Best Performance By An Actor - Drama
Javier Bardem - Before Night Falls
Russell Crowe - Gladiator
Michael Douglas - Wonder Boys
Tom Hanks - Cast Away
Geoffrey Rush - Quills
My Prediction: Tom Hanks
...and the winner is: Tom Hanks
What I have to say: Hey, finally got one right, even if it was pretty obvious.

Best Performance By An Actor - Musical or Comedy
Jim Carrey - Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
George Clooney - O Brother, Where Art Thou?
John Cusack - High Fidelity
Robert De Niro - Meet the Parents
Mel Gibson - What Women Want
My Prediction: Mel Gibson
...and the winner is: George Clooney
What I have to say: I didn't expect a redux of the Perfect Storm upset over The Patriot, but perhaps Clooney really has made it to the top in Hollywood.

Best Performance By An Actress - Drama
Joan Allen - The Contender
Björk - Dancer in the Dark
Ellen Burstyn - Requiem for a Dream
Laura Linney - You Can Count on Me
Julia Roberts - Erin Brockovich
My Prediction: Julia Roberts
...and the winner is: Julia Roberts
What I have to say: Duh.

Best Performance By An Actress - Musical or Comedy
Juliette Binoche - Chocolat
Brenda Blethyn - Saving Grace
Sandra Bullock - Miss Congeniality
Tracey Ullman - Small Time Crooks
Renée Zellweger - Nurse Betty
My Prediction: Juliette Binoche
...and the winner is: Renée Zellweger
What I have to say: I think this took everybody for a surprise. She had no buzz at all, except for my glowing review. Maybe the Foreign Press reads FilmHead.com.

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role
Jeff Bridges - The Contender
Willem Dafoe - Shadow of the Vampire
Benicio Del Toro - Traffic
Albert Finney - Erin Brockovich
Joaquin Phoenix - Gladiator
My Prediction: Benicio Del Toro
...and the winner is: Benicio Del Toro
What I have to say: The man is unstoppable, what can I say?

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role
Judi Dench - Chocolat
Kate Hudson - Almost Famous
Frances McDormand - Almost Famous
Julie Walters - Billy Elliot
Catherine Zeta-Jones - Traffic
My Prediction: Catherine Zeta-Jones
...and the winner is: Kate Hudson
What I have to say: I guess pregnancy isn't as impressive as I had thought.

Best Director
Ang Lee - Wo hu cang long (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Ridley Scott - Gladiator
Steven Soderbergh - Erin Brockovich
Steven Soderbergh - Traffic
István Szabó - Sunshine
My Prediction: Steven Soderbergh for Traffic
...and the winner is: Ang Lee
What I have to say: Same as with the picture award, my prediction in the case of a Soderbergh split came true.

Best Screenplay
Cameron Crowe - Almost Famous
Stephen Gaghan - Traffic
Steven Kloves - Wonder Boys
Kenneth Lonergan - You Can Count on Me
Doug Wright - Quills
My Prediction: Kenneth Lonergan
...and the winner is: Stephen Gaghan
What I have to say: Certainly the superior screenplay, which makes me glad. Lonergan just seemed to have a lot of buzz after all the critics' awards and film festivals.

Best Original Song
"I've Seen It All" - Björk, Lars von Trier, and Sjon Sigurdsson - Dancer in the Dark
"My Funny Friend and Me" - Sting and David Hartley - The Emperor's New Groove
"One in a Million" - Steffan Olsson - Miss Congeniality
"Things Have Changed" - Bob Dylan - Wonder Boys
"When You Come Back to Me" - Garth Brooks and Jenny Yates - Frequency
My Prediction: "Things Have Changed"
...and the winner is: "Things Have Changed"
What I have to say: It was easily the best song on the list, and I was right to figure that the Foreign Press would agree.

Best Original Score
Tan Dun - Wo hu cang long (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Maurice Jarre - Sunshine
Ennio Morricone - Malèna
Rachel Portman - Chocolat
Marty Stuart, Kristin Wilkinson, Larry Paxton - All the Pretty Horses
Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard - Gladiator
My Prediction: Tan Dun
...and the winner is: Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard
What I have to say: Another tough one to predict. I just really liked Tan Dun's score, especially with Yo-Yo Ma's cello solos. I don't even remember the Gladiator score.

Best Foreign Language Film
Amores perros - Mexico
I cento passi (The Hundred Steps) - Italy
Malèna - Italy
La veuve de Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) - France
Wo hu cang long (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) - Taiwan
My Prediction: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
...and the winner is: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
What I have to say: Duh, again.

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Winner: Al Pacino
What I have to say: The one that everybody could predict... since it was announced quite some time ago.

The final tally: of 13 categories, I predicted only 5 correctly, but I did guess those two split upsets. Congratualtions to the winners of all the television awards, and to Liz Taylor for managing to read the teleprompter before tearing through the entire envelope.

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