Uma Thurman reads the Golden Globe nominations; Photo: AP

If it's movies awards season, it's time for Gothamist to be both excited and angry (basically an average day, just amped up a bit). The Golden Globe Nominations for 2004 were announced and there were the expected nominees ("Lord of the Rings," "Cold Mountain," for film; "Sex and the City" for TV) as well as happy news (Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannssen nominated for "Lost in Translation"; we'd like to see Murray win, but he has strong competition for Best Actor from Johnny Depp's bravura performance in "Pirates of the Caribbean" and Jack Nicholson in "Something's Gotta Give" as the Hollywood Foreign Press loves them some Jack). The Goldens Globes have been under a lot of fire ever since the 1992 Scent of a Woman junket, which reminded Hollywood that this motley group of "journalists" could essentially be bought if you wine, dine, and Pacino 'em. (And funny how Uma Thurman reads the nominations and just happens to be nominated for Kill Bill: Vol 1.) But their awards show is looser and more fun than the Oscars and have double the star power, with both film and TV categories. Some initial thoughts...

At this point, Gothamist will speculate about the Best Picture Oscar nominations. We expect to see "Seabiscuit" to fall out; technically excellent but less than full blooded. "Mystic River" might be too dark, but Clint is Hollywood royalty. The 8 nominations gives "Cold Mountain" some momentum, but if audiences don't respond, it's unlikely that it will be nominated for as many. It seems a given that "Lord of the Rings" will be the top nomination getter, as it will be nominated for pretty much every single technical category. So for Best Picture come Oscar time, we expect to see "Lord of the Rings," "Master and Commander," most likely "Cold Mountain," probably "Mystic River," and fifth slot is a wild card: "Lost in Translation" is a possibility (could be too precious for some), as is "Finding Nemo" even though it's a cartoon (it's one of the few consensus good films of the year). Gothamist will continue to look at different categories leading up to the Globes and Oscars. Stay tuned.

Welcome surprises, Film: Evan Rachel Wood for "thirteen," Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation," Jamie Lee Curtis for "Freaky Friday," and Peter Sarsgaard for "Shattered Glass." William H. Macy was great in "Seabiscuit," but his role was very small; it was probably the HFPA's way of recognizing him for his work in "The Cooler."

Unwelcome surprises, Film: Lack of recognition for Whale Rider, Paul Giamatti in "American Splendor."

Welcome surprises, TV: "Arrested Development" and "The Office," Bitty Schram for "Monk."

Unwelcome surprises, TV: No "Curb," which was last year's Best TV Comedy, and no Justin Kirk for "Angels in America."


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BEST PICTURE - DRAMA
"Cold Mountain"
"The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King"
"Master and Commader"
"Mystic River"
"Seabiscuit"

BEST PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
"Bend it Like Beckham"
"Big Fish"
"Finding Nemo"
"Lost in Translation"
"Love Actually"

ACTRESS - DRAMA
Cate Blanchett "Veronica Guerin"
Nicole Kidman "Cold Mountain"
Scarlett Johannson "Girl with a Pearl Earring"
Charlize Theron "Monster"
Uma Thurman "Kill Bill Vol. 1"
Evan Rachel Wood "Thirteen"

ACTOR - DRAMA
Russell Crowe "Master and Commander"
Tom Cruise "The Last Samurai"
Ben Kingsley "The House of Sand and Fog"
Jude Law "Cold Mountain"
Sean Penn "Mystic River"

ACTRESS - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Jamie Lee Curtis "Freaky Friday"
Scarlett Johanson "Lost in Translation"
Diane Keaton "Something's Gotta Give"
Diane Lane "Under the Tuscan Sun"
Helen Mirren "Calender Girls"

ACTOR - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Jack Black "School of Rock"
Johnny Depp "Pirates of the Carribean"
Bill Murray "Lost in Translation"
Jack Nicholson "Something's Gotta Give"
Billy Bob Thornton "Bad Santa"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Barbarian Invasions
Goodbye Lenin
Monsieiur Ibrahim
Osama
The Return

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mario Bello "The Cooler"
Patricia Clarkson "Pieces of April"
Hope Davis "American Splendor"
Holly Hunter "Thirteen"
Renee Zelwegger "Cold Mountain"

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alec Baldwin "The Cooler"
Albert Finney "Big Fish"
William H. Macy "Seabiscuit"
Tim Robbins "Mystic River"
Peter Sarsgaard "Shattered Glass"
Ken Watanabe "The Last Samurai"

DIRECTOR
Sofia Coppola "Lost in Translation"
Clint Eastwood "Mystic River"
Peter Jackson "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Anthony Minghella "Cold Mountain"
Peter Weir "Master and Commander"

ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat "Girl With a Pearl Earring"
Danny Elfman "Big Fish"
Howard Shore "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Gabriel Yared "Cold Mountain"
Hans Zimmer "The Last Samurai"

SCREENPLAY
Sofia Coppola "Lost In Transalation"
Richard Curtis "Love Actually"
Brian Helgeland "Mystic River"
Anthony Minghella "Cold Mountain"
Jim Sheridan & Noami Sheridan & Kirsten Sheridan "In America"

ORIGINAL SONG
"Heart of Every Girl" "Mona Lisa Smile"
"Into the West" "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
"Men of the Hour" "Big Fish"
"Time Enough for Tears" "In America"
"You Will Be My Ain true Love" "Cold Mountain"

TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
24
CSI
Nip/Tuck
Six Feet Under
The West Wing

TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Arrested Development
Monk
The Office
Sex and the City
Will and Grace

ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
Frances Conroy "Six Feet Under"
Jennifer Garner "Alias"
Allison Janney"The West Wing"
Joely Richardson "Nip/Tuck"
Amber Tamblyn "Joan of Arcadia"

ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
Michael Chiklis "The Shield"
Anthony LaPlaglia "Without a Trace"
William Peterson "CSI"
Martin Sheen "The West Wing"
Kiefer Sutherland "24"

ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Bonnie Hunt "Life with Bonnie"
Reba McEntire "Reba"
Debra Messing "Will and Grace"
Sarah Jessica Parker "Sex and the City"
Bitty Schram "Monk"
Alicia Silvestone "Miss Match"

ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Ricky Gervais "The Office"
Matt Le Blanc "Friends"
Bernie Mac "Bernie Mac"
Eric McCormack "Will and Grace"
Tony Shalhoub "Monk"

MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
"Angels In America"
"My House in Umbria"
"Normal"
"Soldier's Girl"
"Tennessee Williams The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone"

ACTRESS, MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Judy Davis "The Reagans"
Jessica Lange "Normal"
Helen Mirren "Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone"
Maggie Smith "My House in Umbria"
Meryl Streep "Angels In America"

ACTOR, MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Antonio Banderas "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself"
James Brolin "The Reagans"
Troy Garity "Soldier's Girl
Al Pacino "Angels in America"
Tom Wilkinson "Normal"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Kim Catrall "Sex and the City"
Kirsten Davis "Sex and the City"
Megan Mullally "Will and Grace"
Cynthia Nixon "Sex and the City"
Mary Louise Parker "Angels In America"

SUPPORTING ACTOR, SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Sean Hayes "Will and Grace"
Lee Pace "Soldier's Girl"
Ben Shenkman "Angels In America"
Patrick Wilson "Angels In America"
Jeffrey Wright "Angels In America"