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Rings Around the Globes

The Return of the King took four awards at the Golden Globes last night:

    After seven years, it was time for a Hobbit victory dance. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” the final installment of the epic fantasy trilogy that hadn’t yet won most major movie awards, finally snared best dramatic film and three other trophies at Sunday’s Golden Globes.

    But some of the night’s thunder also went to the intimate story “Lost in Translation,” about two lonely Americans who find friendship in a Tokyo hotel. That movie collected three top awards, including best comedy film, best comedy actor for Bill Murray – his first major acting prize – and best screenplay for Sofia Coppola, who wrote, produced and directed the film.

    “Rings” master Peter Jackson was recognized as best director, and the film – based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels – won best original score and best song for “Into the West.”

    ….Among TV nominees, HBO’s six-hour adaptation of playwright Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” won five trophies, including best miniseries or TV movie.

    The Golden Globes, voted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is regarded by many in Hollywood as one of the year’s biggest parties, but it’s also a way to generate front-runner buzz for the Academy Awards.

    ….Diane Keaton as an older woman in love in “Something’s Gotta Give” collected a Golden Globe for lead comedy performances, and thanked director Nancy Myers and co-star Jack Nicholson for making a romance about people over 50. “With hope as our light at the end of the tunnel, we made our unlikely alliance work in the name of love at any age,” Keaton said.

    Sean Penn collected the dramatic actor award for playing an emotionally ravaged father seeking revenge for his daughter’s murder in “Mystic River,” and Charlize Theron won the drama actress honor for “Monster,” the story of a serial killer.

    Tim Robbins’ supporting role as a grown child-abuse survivor suspected of murder in “Mystic River” earned him the first trophy of the telecast. Renee Zellweger received the supporting actress award for playing a tough-as-bark backwoods woman in “Cold Mountain.” She previously won two lead comedy actress Golden Globes for “Nurse Betty” in 2001 and last year for “Chicago.”

    Besides winning best TV movie or miniseries, “Angels in America” won four performing awards. Co-star Meryl Streep and Al Pacino were picked best TV movie lead performers and supporting TV honors went to Jeffrey Wright and Mary-Louise Parker.

    ….Fox’s real-time thriller “24” won best drama series, and BBC America’s “The Office,” which stars co-creator Ricky Gervais as an annoying boss at a British paper merchant, was picked best comedy show. The critically lauded “The Office” is being developed into an American version. [AP]

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