2002 Golden Globe Awards

Feature article by Matt Heffernan <matt@filmhead.com>
February 9, 2002

On January 20, 2002, the 2002 Golden Globe Awards were presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Below are the nominees in the Motion Picture Categories, how I thought they'd turn out, and what actually happened.

Best Motion Picture - Drama
A Beautiful Mind
In the Bedroom
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Man Who Wasn't There
Mulholland Drive
My Prediction: A Beautiful Mind. It has the best balance of critical acclaim and commercial appeal that the Foreign Press is looking for.
...and the winner is: A Beautiful Mind

Best Performance By An Actress - Drama
Halle Berry - Monster's Ball
Judi Dench - Iris
Nicole Kidman - The Others
Sissy Spacek - In the Bedroom
Tilda Swinton - The Deep End
My Prediction: Sissy Spacek. This very powerful performance will make them give Nicole Kidman the award for Moulin Rouge instead.
...and the winner is: Sissy Spacek

Best Performance By An Actor - Drama
Russell Crowe - A Beautiful Mind
Will Smith - Ali
Kevin Spacey - The Shipping News
Billy Bob Thornton - The Man Who Wasn't There
Denzel Washington - Training Day
My Prediction: Russell Crowe. This will be just another step in this film's domination of the evening.
...and the winner is: Russell Crowe. Woo-hoo! Three for three!

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Bridget Jones's Diary
Gosford Park
Legally Blonde
Moulin Rouge
My Prediction: Bridget Jones's Diary. It should upset the more successful Shrek.
...and the winner is: Moulin Rouge. D'oh!

Best Performance By An Actress - Musical or Comedy
Thora Birch - Ghost World
Cate Blanchett - Bandits
Nicole Kidman - Moulin Rouge
Reese Witherspoon - Legally Blonde
Renée Zellweger - Bridget Jones's Diary
My Prediction: Nicole Kidman.
...and the winner is: Nicole Kidman

Best Performance By An Actor - Musical or Comedy
Gene Hackman - The Royal Tenenbaums
Hugh Jackman - Kate & Leopold
Ewan McGregor - Moulin Rouge
John Cameron Mitchell - Hedwig and the Angry Inch
My Prediction: Ewan McGregor. They're quite surprised he can sing -- sort of. It should go to John Cameron Mitchell, who really can sing, in addition to writing and directing.
...and the winner is: Gene Hackman

Best Foreign Language Film
Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Amelie)
Abril Despedaçado (Behind the Sun)
Monsoon Wedding
No Man's Land
Y tu mamá también (And Your Mother Too)
My Prediction: Amelie. It's the only one anybody saw.
...and the winner is: No Man's Land. I stand corrected; its preliminary buzz got it noticed.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role
Jennifer Connelly - A Beautiful Mind
Cameron Diaz - Vanilla Sky
Helen Mirren - Gosford Park
Maggie Smith - Gosford Park
Marisa Tomei - In the Bedroom
Kate Winslet - Iris
My Prediction: Jennifer Connelly. She should've won it last year, and this time they'll make it up with the Beautiful Mind sweep.
...and the winner is: Jennifer Connelly

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role
Jim Broadbent - Iris
Steve Buscemi - Ghost World
Hayden Christensen - Life as a House
Ben Kingsley - Sexy Beast
Jude Law - A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
Jon Voight - Ali
My Prediction: Steve Buscemi. They have to reach out to the indies at some point, but this one is very hard to predict.
...and the winner is: Jim Broadbent. But why not for Moulin Rouge?

Best Director
Robert Altman - Gosford Park
Ron Howard - A Beautiful Mind
Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Baz Luhrmann - Moulin Rouge
David Lynch - Mulholland Drive
Steven Spielberg - A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
My Prediction: Ron Howard. This will be part of the sweep unless the Foriegn Press is concerned about Robert Altman's advancing age.
...and the winner is: Robert Altman. Theory B would seem to be correct.

Best Screenplay
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - The Man Who Wasn't There
Julian Fellowes - Gosford Park
Akiva Goldsman - A Beautiful Mind
David Lynch - Mulholland Drive
Christopher Nolan - Memento
My Prediction: Akiva Goldsman.
...and the winner is: Akiva Goldsman

Best Original Score
Craig Armstrong - Moulin Rouge
Angelo Badalamenti - Mulholland Drive
Lisa Gerrard, Pieter Bourke - Ali
James Horner - A Beautiful Mind
Howard Shore - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
John Williams - A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
Christopher Young - The Shipping News
Hans Zimmer - Pearl Harbor
My Prediction: Howard Shore. Just for the sheer scale of his work.
...and the winner is: Craig Armstrong. Very surprising, considering he didn't have to write a single original theme.

Best Original Song
"Come What May" - David Baerwald - Moulin Rouge
"May It Be" - Enya, Nicky Ryan, Roma Ryan - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
"There You'll Be" - Diane Warren - Pearl Harbor
"Until" - Sting - Kate & Leopold
"Vanilla Sky" - Paul McCartney - Vanilla Sky
My Prediction: "Vanilla Sky". Because Paul's the cute one.
...and the winner is: "Until". Must be that tantric thing.

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Winner: Harrison Ford (announced on November 15, 2001)

So in the end, out of 13 predictions, I had 6 right. The capricious Foreign Press remains as fickle as ever, but I did manage to do better than last year.

On the TV front, big congratulations go to HBO, who swept the big three tube categories with "Sex and the City", "Six Feet Under", and "Band of Brothers".

And finally, Pat Benatar's daughter was crowned Miss Golden Globe, whatever that's supposed to mean (other than making me feel old).

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