Brian Dennehy took home a Golden Globe Award Jan. 21 for his portrayal of Willy Loman in the 200 Showtime TV film of "Death of a Salesman," a virtual document of his 1999 Tony Award-winning performance on Broadway.
Other theatre-related nominees included Judi Dench (recently of Broadway's Amy's View), who received nods for her work in both the film "Chocolat" and the television movie "Last of the Blonde Bombshells" (she won the latter award, but was not present at the ceremony).
Otherwise, theatre-related nominees went home empty-handed at the annual awards banquet sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Films penned by two prominent playwrights got multiple 2000 Golden Globe Awards nominations. Kenneth Lonergan was recognized for his screenplay (if not his direction) of the independent film "You Can Count on Me." The movie, Lonergan's first effort as both screenwriter and director, has already won much praise and a few festival prizes. Its female star, Laura Linney, also received a nomination, for Best Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama.
Lonergan's breakout play, This Is Our Youth, debuted at New York City's The New Group several seasons back (starring Mark Ruffalo, who is featured in "You Can Count on Me") and later returned as a commercial Off Broadway hit. Last season, his drama, The Waverly Gallery played a short, but praised run, at the Promenade Theatre. Lonergan has written screenplays before—including "Analyze This"—but has expressed displeasure with the resulting films.
Also nominated for best screenplay was Doug Wright, for "Quills." Wright adapted his own play, about the Marquis de Sade and the excesses of art, which was a critical and popular hit at New York Theatre Workshop. The movie also netted a nomination for the performance of Geoffrey Rush.