Posted 12/19/2002 10:20 AM     Updated 12/19/2002 10:11 AM
Golden Globe nominees announced

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Chicago received a leading eight Golden Globe nominations Thursday, including best musical or comedy and best actress for stars Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The Hours, a three-tiered story about women whose lives are linked to a novel by Virginia Woolf, had seven nominations including best film drama, best actress for Nicole Kidman and supporting actor for Ed Harris.

The comedy of in-jokes, Adaptation, about its own writers' attempts to fashion its screenplay, had six mentions including best musical or comedy, screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and best comedy actor for Nicolas Cage.

Nominees in 13 movies and 11 television categories for the 60th annual Golden Globes were announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The awards are regarded by some as indicators of front-runners for the Academy Award nominations in February. (Related item: Listen to nomination announcements by actors Noah Wyle, Rachel Griffiths and Colin Farrell.)

The Globes will be awarded on Jan. 19 during a live telecast on NBC.

Besides The Hours, the best film drama contenders were the bittersweet Jack Nicholson road-trip saga About Schmidt, director Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York, the fantasy sequel The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Roman Polanski's Nazi escape story The Pianist.

Along with Adaptation and Chicago, the Charles Dickens classic Nicholas Nickleby, the Hugh Grant redemption comedy About a Boy and the crowd-pleasing blockbuster My Big Fat Greek Wedding will compete for best musical or comedy.

Meryl Streep received two nominations, competing with The Hours co-star Kidman for best dramatic actress and in the supporting actress category for Adaptation.

Other dramatic actress nominees were Salma Hayek for Frida, Diane Lane for Unfaithful and Julianne Moore for Far From Heaven.

Nicholson's turn as a bedraggled widower in About Schmidt earned him a dramatic actor mention along with Leonardo DiCaprio's runaway con artist in Catch Me If You Can, Daniel Day-Lewis' brutal crime lord in Gangs of New York, Michael Caine's weary, seen-it-all journalist in The Quiet American and Adrien Brody as the piano player evading Nazis in The Pianist.

Cage's role as screenwriter Kaufman and his fictional twin brother in Adaptation placed him against Grant in About a Boy, Kieran Culkin in Igby Goes Down, Richard Gere in Chicago and Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love in the comedic or musical actor category.

Besides Zellweger and Zeta-Jones in Chicago, Nia Vardalos' role as a Greek woman who marries outside her ethnicity in My Big Fat Greek Wedding received a musical or comedy actress mention, along with Goldie Hawn in the The Banger Sisters and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Secretary.

Directing nominees included Scorsese for Gangs of New York, Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Stephen Daldry for The Hours, Spike Jonze for Adaptation, Rob Marshall for Chicago and Alexander Payne for About Schmidt.

In a blur between reality and fiction, Kaufman was credited along with his fictional twin brother Donald in the screenplay category for Adaptation. Also nominated: Bill Condon for adapting the stage musical Chicago, David Hare for his version of the novel The Hours, Todd Haynes for Far From Heaven and Payne and Jim Taylor for About Schmidt.

Kathy Bates in About Schmidt, Cameron Diaz in Gangs of New York, Queen Latifah in Chicago, Susan Sarandon in Igby Goes Down joined Streep in the supporting actress category.

Supporting actor nominees were Chris Cooper for Adaptation, Harris for The Hours, Paul Newman for Road to Perdition, Dennis Quaid for Far From Heaven and John C. Reilly for Chicago.

Perennial award nominees The Sopranos and The West Wing competed again for best TV drama along with Six Feet Under,The Shield and 24.

TV comedy nominees included The Simpson,Will & Grace,Sex and the City,Curb Your Enthusiasm and Friends.

HBO led television networks with 26 total nominations for its shows The Sopranos,Six Feet Under,Curb Your Enthusiasm and the movies Path to War,Live From Baghdad and The Gathering Storm. NBC had 13, followed by Fox with seven and CBS and FX with three each. ABC and TNT had two apiece.

Golden Globe nominees are chosen by the association's roughly 90 members who cover Hollywood for overseas publications.

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