60th Annual Golden Globe Awards Results and Commentary (2003)

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  • Date of Ceremony: Sunday, January 19, 2003
  • For films released in: 2002

Welcome to Digital Hit Entertainment’s coverage of the 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards. For most people this is the 19th of January, but for those in Hollywood, this is the real first day of the really heavy Oscar campaigning. In many of the categories, there are a lot of strong contenders and a win here could help the put some people in the forefront of voters’ minds as the awards season continues to unfold.

It’s always interesting to see what song the folks will use to kick off the show. This year they’ve rewritten the lyrics to “Razzle Dazzle” from Chicago. Of course Chicago is one of the big films to beat this year as it has 8 nominations.

Hugh Grant and Salma Hayek were the very first presenters of the evening, presenting Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. The winner is: Meryl Streep for Adaptation. Meryl seemed quite shocked when her name was called out and received a standing ovation from the audience. “Ohimigod, I’ve been nominated 789 times and I was just getting settled in there for a long winter’s nap.” She was excited and out of breath.

Two of last years winners, Kiefer Sutherland and Jennifer Garner, were right up next presenting Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. The winner, Jennifer Aniston, hobbled her way to the stage, the result of a stubbed-toe accident. She thanked her co-stars, saying they started off as her colleagues, became her friends and are now her family. Not wasting any time, Kiefer and Jennifer then announced the winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. The winner: the fantastic Tony Shalhoub for Monk. He ended his acceptance speech with “God Bless the Planet Earth.”

The Globe always have a rapid pace at the beginning. Rene Zellweger came out to present the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture to Chris Cooper for Adaptation.

The fantastic Carol Burnett was up next to present Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. It’s a great line-up of nominees but usually only one can take the darn thing home. And this year that show is Curb Your Enthusiasm. Show creator/star Larry David accepted the award, saying “This us a sad day for the Golden Globes. It’s a good day, however, for Larry David. The wife should be a little more forthcoming tonight.”

Moving along at a fast clip, Tim Allen and Laura Linney were up next to present Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television. The Golden Globe went to The Gathering Storm. Executive producer, the newly-knighted Sir Ridley Scott, was announced as the person accepting the award, but unless he’s a blonde woman, they made a mistake.

Zap…Sarah Jessica Parker and Sam Rockwell are on now presenting the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama. The winner? The always excited, terribly grateful, Michael Chiklis for the critical fave The Shield.

Here’s Jude Law, who’s job it is to introduce one of the Best Picture clips, About Schmidt.

Brendan Fraser was up next to pay tribute to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and introduce the President of the HFPA, Dagmar Dunlevy, who talked about the $750,000 the association donates to various charities.

Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey then stepped up to present the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television to Uma Thurman for Hysterical Blindness. She thanked HBO and the other producers for allowing her to play a part that she wouldn’t usually get a chance to play.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Paul Walker were the next presenters, presenting the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television to Donald Sutherland for Path to War. He said winning the award made him think of his director, the late John Frankenheimer. Sutherland enjoyed working with him and said he missed him.

Moving right along, Sharon Stone enthusiastically announced the nominees for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical. Richard Gere won for his performance in Chicago. Gere said he never wins anything and added “I didn’t even want to do this movie. That’s how much I know.” He thanked the HFPA, a “group of eccentric people” and Kander & Ebb for the amazing musical. Saying he never gets to do this sort of thing, he thanked pretty much everyone in existence. He also said that one day someone should write a nice article about Harvey Weinstein. Then, with the sun cresting on the horizon, his speech finally ended.

U2’s Bono then intro’d a clip of Gangs of New York by reading a lil’ prepared tribute to Martin Scorsese.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was out next to present the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical. He joked that this was his revenge as people always mispronounce his name and now he had a tough category to handle. The winner: Rene Zellweger. Who was shocked, screamed, hugged everybody at her table and then finally made it to the stage. She thanked the HFPA for so warmly receiving their “little talent show” and all the women on the list. She also made a special reference to Harvey Weinstein and said there was no one she’d rather dance with than Catherine Zeta-Jones. She also said she was so proud of the work she did with, and the support she got from, director Rob Marshall.

Time to acknowledge the people who write the flicks, as Marisa Tomei and Ray Liotta presented the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay to Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor for About Schmidt.

Wow…no time to breathe tonight as Kelsey Grammer and Lara Flynn Boyle (what the heck is she wearing) introduced Mr. and Miss Golden Globe, Dominik Garcia-Lorido and A.J. Lamas. They then presented the Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama to Edie Falco. Poor Edie, she had laryngitis and could barely say anything. She did manage to whisper that people said The Sopranos moved them and that that was important to her.

The always lovely Annette Bening was up next to present the next Best Picture clip, The Hours.

Colin Farrell and Beyonc Knowles ran out next to present Best Original Score – Motion Picture. And the Golden Globe goes to Elliot Goldenthal for Frida. He dedicated his award to director Julie Taymor and producer/star Salma Hayek.

Zap…time for Josh Brolin and Jill Hennessy to present Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television to Kim Cattrall. Another shocked winner. “You have no idea how many men I’ve had to sleep with to get this award.” She thought that they has stopped writing roles for women in their 40s who are funny, strong and sexy.

Heath Ledger’s next, presenting the clip for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Elton John’s here now, to present the Golden Globe for Best Original Song to U2 for their song “The Hands That Built America” from Gangs of New York. Bono was happy that the genesis for this song came from the characters and story and that it wasn’t just something handed over to the film.

Simon Baker and Kristin Davis then presented Best Television Series – Drama to The Shield. Creator/Executive Producer Sean Ryan accepted the award. “Who are we and what are we doing here?” he said in reference to the fact that they’re on one of the smaller cable networks.

Time for the Cecil B. DeMille Award which this year is going to Gene Hackman. Michael Caine was the first to come out to pay tribute to him. He said Gene’s made 91 films and by their calculations he’s 102 years old. He mentioned how a one scene role in Lilith impressed Warren Beatty so much that he cast him in Bonnie and Clyde. That was followed by scenes from Scarecrow, The French Connection, The Poseidon Adventure, Superman, The Firm__and __Unforgiven. Caine then introduced another big fan of Hackman, Robin Williams. Robin said that most people know Gene as an actor’s actor, but he knows him as a comedian’s comedian. He showed him in drag in The Birdcage, jiving in Get Shorty and opposite Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein. Hackman then took the stage. “I never wanted to be anything other than an actor.” He said he was honored and proud to be this year’s recipient. He ended off by saying, “Top of the world, Ma, top of the world.” Wow, Gere’s speech was longer and he wasn’t being honored for his body of work.

Harrison Ford’s up on stage now to had out the Golden Globe for Motion Picture Director, The Golden Globe goes to Martin Scorsese for Gangs of New York. He received an ovation and said, “Sit down! Relax!” He said that this film had been a dream for a long time and had the thank you list to prove it.

Jeff Goldblum and Calista Flockhart then came out to present Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television. Albert Finney won for The Gathering Storm, but was not there to accept.

The show’s running at a good clip…here’s Sigourney Weaver to intro the clip for The Pianist.

Jennifer Connelly and Samuel L. Jackson then presented the award for Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy. The winner is Chicago. Producer Martin Richards accepted the award. He thanked his dear friend, the late Bob Fosse, a “brilliant young man” director Rob Marshall, and his talented cast.

Cate Blanchett was the next presenter. Her category: Best Foreign Language Film. The winner was Talk to Her. The Globe was accepted by director Pedro Almodvar. He dedicated the award to all who fight for peace and aren’t afraid to do so.

Nicole Kidman’s now handing out the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. The winner is: Jack Nicholson for About Schmidt. He said he didn’t know whether to be happy or ashamed “because I thought we were making a comedy.” He was glad the writers had won too and thought that Dermot Mulroney’s hair alone should have clued people in to this being a comedy.

Now it’s time for Brad Pitt to hand out Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. The winner is: Nicole Kidman for The Hours. She said that director Stephen Daldry was “consistently brilliant.” She asked writers to keep writing for women, because “we’re very interesting.”

The beautiful Halle Berry’s on stage now to present the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama to The Hours. Producer Scott Rudin accepted the award. He said he could not accept this by himself and asked Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman to join him. “If you want to win one of these, work with these three women.”

Well, a couple of minutes shy of 11pm and Halle Berry bids us all a good night. It’s over. Thanks for joining us.