- The Washington Times - Monday, January 21, 2002

From combined dispatches
BEVERLY HILLS "A Beautiful Mind" was named the best film drama at the Golden Globe Awards yesterday, placing it among the front-runners in the race for Hollywood's top film awards, the Oscars.
The movie, which tells the story of mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr.'s battle with schizophrenia and explores the fine line between genius and mental illness, took a total of four awards, more than any other film.
Russell Crowe won best actor and Jennifer Connelly was named best supporting actress for their roles in the movie, and Akiva Goldsman was honored for best movie screenplay.
The Golden Globes are awarded each year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and often give an indication of who will win Oscars, Hollywood's top film honors given out in March by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Golden Globes give top movie honors in two categories, drama and comedy/musical. Musical "Moulin Rouge" was named best film in the latter category.
Veteran Hollywood director Robert Altman won a Golden Globe Award for best director for his 1930s whodunit satire "Gosford Park."
"I'm overwhelmed," he said as he received his prize. "I don't know what a best director is except someone that stands in the same space with the best actors. They do the work and I get to watch."
The film, featuring a star-encrusted British cast including Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stephen Fry and Ryan Philippe sends up an English country house party that ends in murder.
Sissy Spacek claimed the honor of best actress in a drama for "In the Bedroom."
In "Bedroom," Miss Spacek plays the mother of a son who has been murdered, and the story tells how she and her husband cope with his death. Miss Spacek already has won many critics trophies for her role, and with the Golden Globe in hand, she becomes the clear front-runner for a best actress Oscar.
Veteran actor Gene Hackman in "The Royal Tenenbaums" was named the top actor in a comedy movie, and Nicole Kidman in "Moulin Rouge" claimed the honor of best actress in a film comedy or musical at the 59th annual awards presentation.
In "Moulin Rouge," Miss Kidman portrays a singer at the famous Paris nightclub. Her character carries on an ill-fated love affair with a struggling writer, portrayed by Ewan McGregor.
"I never thought I'd be in a musical, let alone win an award for one," she said, accepting her award.
In "Tenenbaums," Mr. Hackman plays Royal Tenenbaum, the patriarch of a dysfunctional family of genius children who peak early in their lives and become failures as 20-somethings until Royal re-enters the family circle and attempts to regain his children's love.
The glitzy awards gala was held this year against a backdrop of unprecedented security after the September 11 terror attacks.
Fingerprinting and background checks on reporters and others in attendance were conducted for the first time, and many reached the event by shuttle after organizers banned parking underneath the venue, the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Director Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind" faced tough competition for best dramatic film honors from "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," which won the American Film Institute's best-picture award earlier this month.

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