- Title: USA: MUSICAL "CHICAGO" TOPS GLODEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS
- Date: 20th December 2002
- Summary: BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 19, 2002) REUTERS (SOUNDBITE) RACHEL GRIFFITHS SAYING: "The nominees for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy: "About a Boy," "Adaptation," "Chicago," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," and "Nicholas Nickelby."
- Embargoed: 4th January 2003 12:00
- Location: BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES AND VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment / Showbiz
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- Story Text: The musical "Chicago" has topped the list of Golden Globe nominees with eight nominations overall, including best musical or comedy, as Hollywood took its first major step in the race toward the Oscars.
"Chicago," based on the hit Broadway show of the same name, also scored nominations for its stars Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere in the best actress and actor categories, respectively, for a musical or comedy.
Joining "Chicago" on the list of favorite musicals was the independent movie hit of the year "My Big Fat Greek Wedding,"
coming-of-age comedy "About A Boy" starring Hugh Grant, "Nicholas Nickleby" and critically acclaimed "Adaptation,"
about a writer struggling to adapt a screenplay.
"Adaptation" was the third most nominated film with six overall, including Nicolas Cage as best actor in a musical or comedy, Spike Jonze for best director and Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman for best motion picture screenplay.
"The Hours," which chronicles a day in the life of three women including author Virginia Woolf, led the Golden Globe list of dramatic films with seven nominations, including best film and best actress in a drama for its stars Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep.
Also nominated in the best dramatic film category were "About Schmidt," which earned star Jack Nicholson a nomination for best dramatic actor, Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York," Holocaust drama "The Pianist" from director Roman Polanski and the epic action picture, "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."
The Golden Globe awards will be given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Jan. 19 in a televised ceremony from Beverly Hills.
Each year the awards give moviegoers an indication of which films will be nominated for Oscars, the U.S. film industry's top honors named by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in March.
A big surprise was that the critical hit "Far From Heaven"
failed to make it into the dramatic film category, although its star, Julianne Moore, was nominated for best actress in a drama.
Rounding out the nominees for best dramatic actress were Diane Lane in "Unfaithful," about a woman's affair outside her marriage, and Salma Hayek in "Frida," about the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
In the category for best dramatic actor, Nicholson will face stiff competition from Daniel Day-Lewis for "Gangs of New York," Michael Caine for "The Quiet American," Adrien Brody for "The Pianist" and Leonardo DiCaprio in "Catch Me If You Can."
"About Schmidt" and "Gangs" each had five nominations apiece to cap the five most nominated movies at the awards.
Joining Zellweger and Zeta-Jones in the category for best actress in a musical or comedy were Goldie Hawn in "The Banger Sisters," Nia Vardalos in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," and newcomer Maggie Gyllenhaal for "Secretary."
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