"Chicago" Film Tops Golden Globe Awards

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association chose "Chicago" as the Best Musical or Comedy for their 60th annual Golden Globe awards, Jan. 19. The film also picked up awards for its stars Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere, making it the winningest film of the evening.

Producer Marty Richards accepted the award for the film, mentioning the show's original choreographer Bob Fosse, first-time film director Rob Marshall and the adaptation's screenwriter Bill Condon. Earlier in the evening, Gere, in his acceptance speech, first thanked the show's creators John Kander and Fred Ebb – whose song "Razzle Dazzle" opened the show. (The lyrics were altered to mention celebs who showed up, e.g. "Halle Berry 'em.")

"Chicago" — which received a leading eight nominations — took home three awards in total. The movie's singing and dancing stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rene Zellweger were nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for their turns as Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, respectively. Richard Gere was also nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for his work as Billy Flynn. Rapper-singer-turned-actress Queen Latifah, who stars as Mama Morton, and John C. Reilly (True West, Marty), who portrays Amos Hart, both garnered Supporting nominations for the film.

"The Hours" won the award for Best Drama. The movie earned nominations for director Stephen Daldry (Far Away) and screenplay adaptor David Hare (Amy's View, Via Dolorosa), but only the film's star Nicole Kidman took home a Golden Globe. The actress worked previously with scribe Hare on The Blue Room.

Edie Falco, who spent last year starring opposite Stanley Tucci on Broadway in Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series, Mini Series or TV Movie. The actress suffering from laryngitis struggled through her speech.

The Golden Globes were awarded during a live telecast on NBC. The ceremony took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. For more information, visit www.hfpa.org.

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