Globes: Warm Shoulder to 'Cold Mountain'
"Cold Mountain" got a warm reception from the Golden Globes on Thursday, as the Civil War romance picked up a leading eight nominations, including best drama, best director (Anthony Minghella) and nods for all three of its stars -- Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Renee Zellweger.
While industry analysts are debating how "Cold Mountain" might fare at the box office -- given that, except for "Gone with the Wind," Civil War pictures tend to do poorly -- the film came away the overwhelming frontrunner for the Globes, which will be handed out Jan. 25.
Following with five nominations apiece were Clint Eastwood's somber "Mystic River" and Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" -- with comedic performance nominees Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, who also was nominated for her dramatic role in "Girl with a Pearl Earring."
Besides "Mountain" and "River," best movie drama contenders are "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," "Seabiscuit" and, with four nominations in all (including best director, Peter Jackson), "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."
Director Tim Burton's offbeat "Big Fish" also earned four nods, including best musical or comedy. Its competitors are "Finding Nemo," "Lost in Translation," "Bend It Like Beckham" and "Love Actually."
Murray, Johansson, Johnny Depp ("Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl") and surprise nominee Jack Black ("School of Rock") joined veterans Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton (both for "Something's Gotta Give") and Helen Mirren ("Calendar Girls") in the leading comedic performance categories, along with Billy Bob Thornton ("Bad Santa"), Jamie Lee Curtis ("Freaky Friday") and Diane Lane ("Under the Tuscan Sun").
Nominations for best actress in a drama went to Cate Blanchett ("Veronica Guerin"), Kidman, Johansson, Charlize Theron ("Monster"), Uma Thurman ("Kill Bill -- Vol. I") and Evan Rachel Wood ("Thirteen").
Russell Crowe ("Master and Commander"), Tom Cruise ("The Last Samurai"), Ben Kingsley ("House of Sand and Fog") and Sean Penn ("Mystic River") will compete against Law for best actor in a dramatic film.
In the TV division, only Matt LeBlanc scored among the "Friends" contingent, while the HBO miniseries "Angels in America" filled many of the acting spots that might otherwise have gone to cast members of the perennial favorite, "The West Wing" -- though that show's star, Martin Sheen, was nominated as lead actor in a dramatic series. ("Wing"'s traditional rival, "The Sopranos," was not eligible this year, because of the scheduling of its last season.)
Noteworthy, perhaps, is that CBS's embattled miniseries, "The Reagans," which the network ended up selling to the Showtime cable network, garnered acting nominations for both of its stars, James Brolin and Judy Davis.
The Golden Globe nominations and winners are selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of about 90 journalists who cover entertainment for foreign-based media outlets -- although, as has been exposed, several of these journalists earn their livings as parking attendants and at other non-industry temp jobs.
The Globes also aren't necessarily considered a harbinger of the Oscars. Last year Richard Gere won a Globe for his performance in "Chicago," only to be completely overlooked by the movie academy.
NBC will broadcast the 61st annual Globes ceremony Jan. 25, two days before the Oscar nominations are announced. (The Academy Awards broadcast will be held Feb. 29.)
Here's a rundown of the major nominees:
Best Film, Drama
"Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
"Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"
Best Film, Comedy/Musical
"Bend it Like Beckham"
"Lost in Translation"
Best Actor, Drama
Russell Crowe, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"
Tom Cruise, "The Last Samurai"
Ben Kingsley, "House of Sand and Fog"
Jude Law, "Cold Mountain"
Sean Penn, "Mystic River"
Best Actress, Drama
Cate Blanchett, "Veronica Guerin"
Nicole Kidman, "Cold Mountain"
Scarlett Johansson, "Girl with a Pearl Earring"
Charlize Theron, "Monster"
Uma Thurman, "Kill Bill -- Vol. 1"
Evan Rachel Wood, "Thirteen"
Best Actor, Comedy/Musical
Jack Nicholson, "Something's Gotta Give"
Jack Black, "School of Rock"
Bill Murray, "Lost in Translation"
Billy Bob Thornton, "Bad Santa"
Johnny Depp, "Pirates of the Caribbean"
Best Actress, Comedy/Musical
Jamie Lee Curtis, "Freaky Friday"
Scarlett Johansson, "Lost in Translation"
Diane Keaton, "Something's Gotta Give"
Diane Lane, "Under the Tuscan Sun"
Helen Mirren, "Calendar Girls"