'A Beautiful Mind,' 'Moulin Rouge' lead Golden Globe winners
BEVERLY HILLS, California - The uplifting drama about a schizophrenic genius, "A Beautiful Mind," led winners at the Golden Globes with four awards, including best drama and best actor for Russell Crowe.
The hyperkinetic musical "Moulin Rouge" claimed three awards Sunday night, including best musical or comedy, and best musical actress for Nicole Kidman.
"A Beautiful Mind" - the story of Princeton mathematician John Nash, who won a Nobel Prize for economics after years in a battle with schizophrenia - also won best screenplay for Akiva Goldsman and supporting actress for Jennifer Connelly.
"A Beautiful Mind" - is just a movie, just a piece of entertainment at the end of the day, folks," Crowe said. "But hopefully it helps us open our hearts, gives us a little more understanding, gives us a little more compassion."
"Moulin Rouge," a tale of forbidden love in circa-1900 Paris, also won best original score for composer Craig Armstrong, even though most of the music in the film was derived from famous pop songs. Kidman won for her role as a dying cabaret singer.
"My hands are shaking," Kidman said. "This is really, really special because I never thought I'd be in a musical - let alone win an award for one."
Robert Altman took the directing honor for his murder-mystery satire "Gosford Park," which chronicles the scandals of aristocrats through the eyes of their servants.
"I don't know what a best director is, except that (it is) someone who stands in the same space with the best actors," Altman said. "I feel that they do the work and I get to watch. And nothing is better than that."
Sissy Spacek was named best dramatic actress for the dark drama "In the Bedroom."
"I feel so blessed to get to do what I love to do and work with so many wonderfully talented people," Spacek said. "The best part is I get to go home to my most precious family."
Gene Hackman, who couldn't make it to the ceremony, earned the comedy actor Globe for his performance as the conniving head of a family of former child prodigies in "The Royal Tenenbaums."
The supporting actor honor went to Jim Broadbent for playing the husband of novelist Iris Murdoch, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, in "Iris."
Harrison Ford, star of the "Indiana Jones" adventures and the original "Star Wars" trilogy, won the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. (AP)
"Jay and Silent Bob" star wanted by police
FREEHOLD, New Jersey - Authorities were searching for actor Jason Mewes, who failed to appear for a court hearing last month on an alleged probation violation.
A bench warrant has been issued for Mewes, Monmouth County authorities said Thursday. Mewes, 27, played the character Jay Phat Buds in Kevin Smith's 2001 film, "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back."
Mewes moved to California without informing the county probation department and has failed to show up for required meetings with his probation officer, county officials said.
He was charged with heroin possession in March 1999. He was ordered last year to serve two years' probation. He must also submit to random drug tests and undergo drug counseling, authorities said.
Superior Court Judge Michael D. Farren issued the warrant after Mewes failed to appear for a Dec. 14 hearing. If found guilty of violating his probation, Mewes could face more time on probation or could be jailed for up to four years. (AP)
Actress Connelly stays grounded
NEW YORK - Actress Jennifer Connelly has been getting the best reviews of her career for her work as a long-suffering wife in Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind."
But Howard isn't the only important director in her life.
Connelly says her 4-year-old son Kai has a "theatrical, exuberant personality," but she sees him more as a director than the actor type.
"We've already done plays together. Very short plays. He dictates them to me. Some-times he casts me, sometimes he doesn't," Connelly said in an interview with Newsday published Sunday. "And when I'm in the play, he'll sometimes say to me, 'No Mom, you didn't say that right.'
Connelly, 31, began modeling at age 10 and appeared in her first film, Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America" when she was a teenager.
"I was never a kid who had designs to be an actor. I never got out of wanting to be a veterinarian," she said. Connelly received a Golden Globe on Sunday as best supporting actress for her work in "A Beautiful Mind." (AP)
Personal problems plague Robbie Williams
Although he's more successful than ever following his U.K. double No. 1's at Christmas - for his album "Swing When You're Winning" and single "Somethin Stupid," a duet with Nicole Kidman - Robbie Williams has been less fortunate lately in his private life.
According to the Sun newspaper, Williams has started going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every day, battling fears of falling back off the wagon. The singer, who has been sober for a year after a long period of drug and alcohol abuse, has been quoted by the Sun as saying, "I have been really depressed and find it difficult to cope. The A.A. meetings are the only things keeping me going.
"It has been almost impossible to stay sober. I've got to go to meetings every day because I just don't know if I can trust myself," Williams has admitted, describing his worries about his mental health and the strength it takes to keep away from temptation. In his recent documentary film, "Nobody Someday," Williams was shown drinking water after concerts instead of partying with his crew, and playing cards with friends to stay focused on sobriety.
Williams has gone to Los Angeles to try to settle down. He has confided to a pal that he does not know when he will return to London, where he feels more likely to fall off the wagon. He said, "L.A. is an easier place to be sober in than London. I have been sober for a year but every day is a battle."
Record bosses are concerned about the star's health, and have ordered him to take six months off. The star has struggled with drug and alcohol problems since his days in British boy band Take That. Since his split with Nicole Appleton - who is now together with his rival, Oasis' Liam Gallagher - Williams has been single, although he is rumored to have had flings with Geri Halliwell and Kidman. (TRJ)