The recent made-for-television film of Tony Kushner's Tony-winning Angels in America received seven nominations, including one for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. The epic HBO production, which aired in three-hour blocks on two successive Sunday nights, will compete in a field that includes "My House in Umbria" (HBO), "Normal" (HBO), "Soldier's Girl" (Showtime), and "Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (Showtime).
With the notable exceptions of Emma Thompson and Justin Kirk — who portrayed, respectively, the Angel and Prior Walter — all of the other lead actors in the Mike Nichols-directed "Angels" were nominated for their performances: Meryl Streep as Hannah Pitt and the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg (Best Performance By An Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television); Al Pacino as Roy Cohn (Best Performance By An Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television); Mary-Louise Parker as Harper Pitt (Best Performance By An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television); and Ben Shenkman (Louis Ironson), Patrick Wilson (Joe Pitt) and Jeffrey Wright (Belize), all nominated for Best Performance By An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
In other Golden Globe news, the films nominated for Best Motion Picture—Drama include "Cold Mountain," "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," "Mystic River" and "Seabiscuit." Those films vying for the Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy prize include "Bend It Like Beckham," "Big Fish," "Finding Nemo," "Lost in Translation" and "Love Actually."
Nicole Kidman, who nabbed a Golden Globe last season for her performance in "The Hours" (Kidman also won the Oscar), is nominated again this year for her performance in "Cold Mountain." Her competition in the Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama category include Cate Blanchett ("Veronica Guerin"), Scarlett Johansson ("Girl With a Pearl Earring"), Charlize Theron ("Monster"), Uma Thurman ("Kill Bill-Vol. 1") and Evan Rachel Wood ("Thirteen"). Kidman's former husband, Tom Cruise, received a nomination for Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture—Drama for his work in the recently released "The Last Samurai." Cruise competes against Russell Crowe ("Master and Commander"), Ben Kingsley ("House of Sand and Fog"), Jude Law ("Cold Mountain") and Sean Penn ("Mystic River").
Frequent stage star Helen Mirren was nominated for her dazzling turn in the independent film "Calendar Girls." Other actresses in the Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture—Musical Or Comedy category include Jamie Lee Curtis ("Freaky Friday"), Scarlett Johansson ("Lost in Translation"), Diane Keaton ("Something's Gotta Give") and Diane Lane ("Under the Tuscan Sun"). Jack Black ("School of Rock"), Johnny Depp ("Pirates of the Caribbean"), Bill Murray ("Lost in Translation"), Jack Nicholson ("Something's Gotta Give") and Billy Bob Thornton ("Bad Santa") all received nominations for Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy. The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards will be held January 25, 2004, with a live telecast airing on NBC at 8 PM ET. For a complete list of this year's nominations, visit www.hfpa.org.