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Ang Lee brings home two Golden Globes

The Taiwan-born director took the awards for best director and best foreign-language film, while 'Gladiator' took the best drama picture award

AGENCIES, HOLLYWOOD

Taiwan director Ang Lee accepts the award for best director of a motion picture for his film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at the Golden Globe Awards Sunday in Beverly Hills. The film also won Lee the award for the best foreign-language film.

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Instead of helping to clarify an otherwise jumbled movie awards season, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, sponsor of the annual Golden Globe Awards, declined to cluster its prizes around one or two films, sending supporters of more than half a dozen movies home happy on Sunday night after ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Ridley Scott's Gladiator, a big-budget, special-effects-laden attempt to resuscitate the sword-and-sandal genre on a grand scale, won the award for best drama.

Almost Famous, a coming-of-age story based on the writer-director Cameron Crowe's experiences as a teenage rock writer, won the award for best comedy or musical, while the newcomer Kate Hudson, who played a young groupie in the film, was named best supporting actress.

In a surprise, Ang Lee (李安) won the directing award for his martial-arts fantasy Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (臥虎藏龍), beating out Scott, Istvan Szabo (Sunshine) and Steven Soderbergh, who was nominated for two films, Traffic and Erin Brockovich.

Lee's film also was named best foreign language film.

"I really want to thank my wife for being a role model of the tough women I portray in the movie," Lee said.

The DreamWorks studio, which released Gladiator and Almost Famous, thus ended up with the night's top two awards, a year after its film American Beauty won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for best picture.

It was also a big night for some of Hollywood's highest-paid performers. Tom Hanks was chosen best actor in a dramatic motion picture for his near-solo turn in Robert Zemeckis' Cast Away, as a man marooned on a tropical island, and Julia Roberts was named best actress in a drama for Erin Brockovich, playing a legal secretary who takes on a utility.

Winners

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 58th annual Golden Globe Awards

Picture, Drama: Gladiator.

Picture, Musical or Comedy: Almost Famous.

Actor, Drama: Tom Hanks, Cast Away.

Actress, Drama: Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich.

Actor, Musical or Comedy: George Clooney, O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Actress, Musical or Comedy: Renee Zellweger, Nurse Betty.

Supporting Actor, Drama, Musical or Comedy: Benicio Del Toro, Traffic.

Supporting Actress, Drama, Musical or Comedy: Kate Hudson, Almost Famous.

Director: Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Screenplay: Stephen Gaghan, Traffic.

Original Score: Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, Gladiator.

Original Song: Things Have Changed, Bob Dylan, from Wonder Boys.

Foreign Language:Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Taiwan.

Television:

Drama Series: The West Wing, NBC.

Actor, Drama: Martin Sheen, The West Wing.

Actress, Drama: Sela Ward, Once and Again.

Musical or Comedy Series: Sex and the City, HBO.

Actor, Musical or Comedy Series: Kelsey Grammer, Frasier.

Actress, Musical or Comedy Series: Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City

Miniseries or Movies Made for Television: Dirty Pictures, Showtime.

Actor, Miniseries or Movie Made for Television: Brian Dennehy, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

Actress, Miniseries or Movie Made for Television: Judi Dench, Last of the Blonde Bombshells.

Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie Made for Television: Robert Downey Jr, Ally McBeal.

Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie Made for Television: Vanessa Redgrave, If These Walls Could Talk 2.


Roberts happily refused to comply with a prompter's insistence that she cut her acceptance speech short. "You can turn that timer off, because I'm just going to go," she said. "Golly, I won, and I'm just shamelessly filled with joy."

Best actor in a comedy or musical movie went to George Clooney for O Brother Where Art Thou?, a surprise to many in the audience, especially considering his competition was Mel Gibson, Jim Carrey, Robert De Niro and John Cusack.

"I think when you list the other actors in this category, you've got to figure I'm gonna win this," Clooney said to general laughter.

Renee Zellweger was chosen best actress in a motion picture comedy or musical for Nurse Betty, playing a soap-opera-obsessed waitress. The presenter, Hugh Grant, spent a few frantic seconds wondering what had become of Zellweger, who had disappeared from her seat in the audience. It turned out that it was a reprise of an infamous incident three years ago in which Christine Lahti was away in the bathroom when she won an award.

A hyperventilating Zellweger eventually hustled onto the stage. "I have lipstick on my teeth," she said. "It's a moment I'll never forget. A moment I almost never had."

Benicio Del Toro won the best supporting actor award for Traffic, playing a police officer in a Mexican border town torn between his duty and the lure of drug lucre. Traffic also won for Stephen Gaghan's screenplay.

It has been an uncertain awards season in Hollywood, with each of the various critics groups honoring a different movie and no single film emerging as a favorite in the Oscar race. Many hoped that the Golden Globes would help clarify the situation, but they did not. Four films won two awards each: Traffic, Almost Famous, Crouching Tiger and Gladiator.

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