- The Washington Times - Monday, January 22, 2001

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. The Roman arena epic "Gladiator" was named best dramatic motion picture at last night's Golden Globes, while "Almost Famous," Cameron Crowe's fictionalized story about his experiences as a teen-age rock journalist in the '70s, won best comedy film.
Julia Roberts won as best dramatic movie actress for "Erin Brockovich" and Tom Hanks won as best dramatic actor for "Cast Away."
No one film dominated the night's awards. "Gladiator," a bloody re-creation of ancient battles in Rome's Coliseum, came away with two, including one for music.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Almost Famous" and "Traffic" also won two each. So if the Golden Globes hold true as an indicator of how the Academy Awards will go in March, the field is wide open.
"For a few anxious minutes I didn't think I'd get to take this baby home," "Gladiator" director Ridley Scott said after the final presentation.
Miss Roberts said of the real-life lawyer's aide whose battle over water pollution inspired her film: "Erin Brockovich, the real gal, is awesome and should be a lesson that we are all powerful individuals that can make a difference in the world."
Mr. Hanks, naming two other stars honored earlier in the Golden Globe ceremony, said: "I watched Al Pacino movies and I wanted to be an actor, that went hand-in-hand with listening to Bob Dylan songs."
George Clooney won best actor in a comedy film for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and Renee Zellweger of "Nurse Betty" won best comedy film actress.
"I think when you list the names of the actors in this category that you've got to figure I'm going to win this," Mr. Clooney deadpanned to the audience. Listing his competitors Jim Carrey, John Cusack, Robert De Niro and Mel Gibson he cracked: "What have they done?"
Taiwan's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," won the foreign-language film Globe and Ang Lee was named best director for the epic combining martial arts fury with the heroines' love stories.
"I really want to thank my wife for being a role model of the tough women I portray in the movie," Mr. Lee said.
Benicio Del Toro won best supporting film actor for his role in the drug war drama "Traffic" and Kate Hudson won supporting film actress for "Almost Famous."
"Well, I got lucky," Mr. Del Toro, who played a Mexican police officer, told the star-studded audience. "I'd like to congratulate all the nominees. I love their work. If they want a recount they can talk to my lawyer."
"Traffic" won the screenplay Globe for Stephen Gaghan, and "Gladiator" picked up the original score honor for Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard. Mr. Dylan's "Things Have Changed" from "Wonder Boys" won original song.
NBC's "The West Wing" was named best television drama series and its star, Martin Sheen, won best actor in a TV drama for playing charismatic President Jeb Bartlett on NBC's "The West Wing."
"God willing, you're going to have Jeb Bartlett and company to kick around for four more years," Mr. Sheen said.
Sela Ward, who plays a divorced mother re-entering the dating world, was named the top actress in a TV drama series for ABC's "Once and Again."
Robert Downey Jr., who faces another drug possession trial, won best TV supporting actor for his role as Calista Flockhart's boyfriend on "Ally McBeal."
"I would like to thank (series creator) David Kelley for creating such a great character. He said when he was writing it that it was like having a new toy to write for me, and I will do my best not to get sent back to the factory."
"Sex and the City" won best comedy series, and star Sarah Jessica Parker won for a second consecutive year as best actress in a comedy series.
"I'm ill-prepared again," Ms. Parker said. "It's just like high school. I am the most content employee ever. I love working for HBO."
"Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer won best actor in a comedy series.
"Usually I come here and eat a very casual two-minute meal and then sit and watch everybody else walk off with these," Mr. Grammer said.
Showtime's "Dirty Pictures won the best miniseries or TV movie and Judi Dench, whose husband actor Michael Wiliams died this month, was the category's best actress for "Last of the Blonde Bombshells." She last won a Golden Globe in 1998, drama film actress for "(Her Majesty) Mrs. Brown." Vanessa Redgrave won supporting actress for "If These Walls Could Talk 2."
The Golden Globes are notorious for attendants' freewheeling behavior. And a touch of the old looseness was displayed by Brian Dennehy, who won for best actor in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie, for "Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman."
While ticking off his many thanks, he looked at James Woods, one of his competitors in the category, and said: "Thanks for taking your medication tonight."
Al Pacino was named in advance as winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which honors outstanding contributions to entertainment.
Nominees are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's roughly 90 members, who cover Hollywood for overseas publications. The association hands out 13 movie and 11 television awards.

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