Baz Luhrmann, the visionary Australian stage and film director whose La Boheme is coming to Broadway Dec. 8 at the Broadway Theatre, saw his post-modern musical film, "Moulin Rouge," win the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) Jan. 20.
The picture earned Nicole Kidman a Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and Craig Armstrong an award for Best Original Film Score.
The trophies are handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and are thought to be a suggestion of how the upcoming Academy Awards will turn out.
In "Moulin Rouge," Kidman played a consumptive nightclub singer in a stylized 1900 Paris who has a comic, passionate and tortured love affair with a writer, played by Ewan McGregor. The cast (including John Leguizamo) sings an eclectic score — everything from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Madonna to "Roxanne" by The Police. It's now on DVD.
Judy Davis won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Movie for playing Judy Garland in "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows." (The Globes celebrate both film and television.) Broadway vet Sarah Jessica Parker won for Best Actress in a TV Series (Musical or Comedy) for "Sex and the City." "A Beautiful Mind" won for Best Motion Picture (Drama), and Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe won awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actor, respectively, for the picture.
— By Kenneth Jones