- The Washington Times - Monday, January 17, 2005

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — “The Aviator” won the Golden Globe for best dramatic film last night, making director Martin Scorcese’s movie biography of Howard Hughes the favorite for next month’s Academy Awards.

The road-trip romp “Sideways” won the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s award as best comedy, while Jamie Foxx of won best actor honors for his portrayal of singer Ray Charles in “Ray.”

“Can I just tell you that I am having the ride of my life right now?” said Mr. Foxx at the 62nd annual ceremonies last night. “I wish I could take what I’m feeling right now and put it in the water system, and we would all love each other a whole lot more.”

Earning a record three Globe nominations, Mr. Foxx lost in his other two categories, movie supporting actor for “Collateral” and actor in a TV movie or miniseries for “Redemption.”

Annette Bening won for best actress in a movie musical or comedy for “Being Julia,” playing an aging stage diva in 1930s London who plots gleeful revenge against the men in her life.

That set up an Oscar rematch for best actress honors with Hillary Swank, who got the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama for her part as a female boxer in “Million Dollar Baby,” directed by co-star Clint Eastwood.

“I don’t want to ruin your ‘go ahead, make my day image,’” Miss Swank said, addressing the famous movie tough guy while accept her award, “but you have such a huge heart and you envelop all the people around you. … You guided us so brilliantly, while you also, in my humble opinion, gave the performance of your career.”

Five years ago, Miss Swank — then a newcomer — won the Golden Globe and Oscar for “Boys Don’t Cry” over Miss Bening, who had been considered the favorite for “American Beauty.”

As Howard Hughes in “The Aviator,” Leonardo DiCaprio reunited with Mr. Scorsese, who previously directed him in “Gangs of New York.”

Clive Owen and Natalie Portman won supporting-actor and supporting-actress Golden Globes last night. Their wins were something of a surprise, with contenders such as Morgan Freeman for “Million Dollar Baby” and Cate Blanchett for “The Aviator” considered more likely favorites beforehand.

A major celebrity party in their own right, the Globes serve as the most prominent ceremony in Hollywood’s pre-game show leading up to the Academy Awards on Feb. 27.

The Globes historically serve as a solid forecast that helps set the odds for subsequent film honors. All four of last year’s Oscar winners for acting — Sean Penn, Charlize Theron, Tim Robbins and Renee Zellweger — earned Golden Globes first. Best-picture champ “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and its director, Peter Jackson, also preceded their Oscar triumphs with Globe wins.

Robin Williams, a five-time Globe winner, received the Cecil B. DeMille award for career achievement. In his acceptance speech, he praised the foreign press awards for having a separate category for comedy, which often is overlooked in Oscar competition. “You allow us to be in the room with the adults,” Mr. Williams said.

In the TV categories, “Desperate Housewives” won for best musical or comedy series, with the show’s Teri Hatcher winning as best actress in a TV comedy. “Nip/Tuck” won for best dramatic TV series, and Jason Bateman of “Arrested Development” was honored as best actor in a comedy series.

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