The movie musical “Chicago” sang and danced its way to even more industry buzz Sunday night when it snagged three Golden Globes — the most of the evening — including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and the male and female best performer statues in the same category.
First up from the cast was the voluble Richard Gere for his role of tap-dancing lawyer Billy Flynn. “I don’t win anything,” Gere said when he got to the stage. “I didn’t even want to do this movie, that’s how much I know.” A similarly shocked (and talkative) Renée Zellweger accepted the counterpart statuette and all that jazz.
Chick flick “The Hours” won Best Motion Picture – Drama, and Nicole Kidman received Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her role in the film.
Jack Nicholson took the best actor equivalent for his role as a retiree who realizes he’s wasted his life in “About Schmidt.” That film’s screenwriters, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, also took home a statue from the 60th annual awards ceremony.
Also winning a pair of awards was the quirky “Adaptation,” which won in the best supporting actor and actress categories. Chris Cooper, who played scruffy orchid hunter John Laroche, thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press for giving “stringy-haired and toothless people a lot of hope,” and Meryl Streep, the first winner of the evening, was greeted by a standing ovation.
Best director was awarded to Martin Scorsese for “Gangs of New York,” while U2 walked away with both the award for best original song for “The Hands That Built America,” from the same movie, and the dubious distinction of sneaking a curse word past NBC’s censors.
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy went to “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David, the heart of the series thanks to his special brand of twisted and misanthropic humor, said, “This is a sad day for the Golden Globes. It is, however, quite a good day for Larry David — I suspect the wife will be a little forthcoming tonight. This is what I have to do for sex. I have to win an award.”
Other TV winners included “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston (Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy), a laryngitic Edie Falco for “The Sopranos” (Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama), Michael Chiklis (Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama) of best TV drama “The Shield,” and Kim “You have no idea how many men I had to sleep with to get this award” Cattrall for her hump-happy character Samantha on “Sex and the City” (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television).
The Spanish drama “Talk to Her” won for Best Foreign Language Film, while composer Elliot Goldenthal took home the best original score award for “Frida.”