The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has handed out its 59th bunch of awards in what many traditionally see as a portent of what to expect on Oscar night. Unlike the Oscars, though, the Golden Globes are passed out in two categories -- one for the movies, of course, but another for television.
In the silver screen division the movie "Beautiful Mind" copped the highest award for a drama. Robert Altman was given the best director award for helming "Gosford Park." Not unexpectedly, Sissy Spacek won best actress honors for "In the Bedroom." Russell Crowe, again not unexpectedly, won best actor for playing the lead in "Beautiful Mind."
The controversial, dark HBO funeral home drama "Six Feet Under" won best TV drama series. Charlie Sheen won for his work in "Spin City" and the miniseries "Band of Brothers" took top honors in its division.
Unlike the Academy Awards -- which are voted on by members in each of the presented categories, totaling thousand of votes -- the Golden Globes are decided by fewer than 100 writers.
SCRUGGS TO GUEST ON JAY LENO SHOW
One of the best-known players of bluegrass music will make a "mainstream" appearance on Jay Leno's incarnation of "The Tonight Show" this week. Producers say venerable picker Earl Scruggs will appear on the show Tuesday night. Scruggs is in the midst of hyping his latest CD, "Earl Scruggs and Friends." He will perform one of the most popular songs from the compilation, "Borrowed Love." By the way, one of Scruggs' newest recordings, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" -- a long-standing country and bluegrass favorite, and introduced to a new audience in "Bonnie and Clyde" -- has been nominated for a Grammy award this year. The awards will be handed out Feb. 27 on CBS. Along with long-time partner Lester Flatt and one-of-a-kind musician Bill Monroe, Scruggs is credited with creating the Bluegrass sound and first bringing it to national attention in the late 1940s. Flatt and Scruggs' first major album was in 1957. They were frequent guests on "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Petticoat Junction" and other country-themed CBS shows in the '70s. You can find more information about the banjo-playing Scruggs at earlscruggs.com on the Internet. Get ready to be greeted by some fast-paced pickin' when you log on. By the way, long-time partner Lester Flatt died in 1979. There is a joint Flatt/Scruggs Web site, also: flatt-and-scruggs.com. Both were inducted in to the Country Music Hall of Fame years ago.
AZARIA'S FIRST TV TRY CANCELED
Funnyman Hank Azaria had big hopes for his first foray into television, the sitcom "Imagine That." But after only two episodes, the comedy has been pulled from NBC's schedule. The show featured the Emmy-winning actor, recently seen as a Jewish resistance fighter in the Peacock network's "Uprising," as a TV comedy writer. Early reviews didn't help. And even though 6.8 million viewers may seem like a ton of people, the aggregate viewership was not enough to please sponsors. Only five episodes were filmed. Many TV experts say it was a foregone conclusion that the show would not survive. Azaria has a near cult following among fans. He is known for his voice characterizations on "The Simpsons," including Moe the bartender, Police Chief Wiggum and Apu, the convenience store clerk.
'SOLDIERS' SOUNDTRACK DUE OUT SOON
A bunch of country stars contributed to the soundtrack of the movie "We Were Soldiers." Now, according to producers, the CD from the movie is set for release on Feb. 26, just days before the planned March 1 release of the movie in theaters across the country. The movie stars Mel Gibson. Among the Nashville stars who teamed to provide the backgrounds: Johnny Cash, who appeared with Dave Matthews; Brooks & Dunn; Lee Ann Womack; Jamie O'Neal with Michael McDonald. The news provider country.com says, additionally, Jars of Clay and Steven Curtis Chapman and Train appear on the movie soundtrack. The project will be released by RCA. The record company says that most of the material was recorded specifically for the movie, some of it is brand new.
FANS STREAMING TO 'BLACK HAWK DOWN'
The Sony Pictures release "Black Hawk Down" is scoring well at national box offices. The production company says that the newest tracking stats show that the film took in an estimated $29 million last week, nationally. It's showing at about 3,100 theaters. The movie set a record for the three-day Martin Luther King weekend, topping the previous record set by "Save the Last Dance." The movie looks at the heroics of the U.S. Army Rangers during the events in Somalia in 1993. United Press International's Dave McNary, in reporting the box office figures, notes that the success of the film takes away any concern that American audiences do not want to see gritty military-themed movies in the wake of the events of 9/11 last year.
THREE GEORGIA ATHLETES IN HOT WATER
The University of Georgia says that three of its top athletes -- two from the varsity basketball program and one a football standout -- have been suspended pending an investigation. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution says the school is awaiting the outcome of a police probe into charges of sexual assault in a campus dormitory last week. The paper says that campus police report that none of the players has been charged with a criminal offense. The trio is Tony Cole and Steve Thomas (basketball) and Brandon Williams (football). The three were questioned about the alleged incident then summarily suspended by their coaches. The two basketball players did attend a game over the weekend, but did not play, sitting in street clothes on the bench. The female student who made the charges against the players has since left the campus and returned to her family's home.
UPI DAILY SURVEY QUESTION NO. 251
Today we are asking about spring cleaning. Over the weekend I started making plans to clean in a few weeks when -- and if -- warm weather suddenly emerges here in Las Vegas. I told myself that it's about time I did more than clean. I should throw away about 90 percent of what I've pack-ratted away in recent years. So: "Do you have any interesting or funny memories of your attempts to dig out from under your stuff?" Put STORAGE in the subject line and sent to email@example.com via the Internet.
RESULTS OF QUESTION NO. 246 (TRIBUTE)
In the wake of the death of Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, we asked if you had seen any tributes to him at your local Wendy's. First of all, my initial feelings that the home office in Ohio was not dictating tributes or their wording went by the boards when the mail indicated that many, many stores had put the same notation on their marquees: "Our leader, our hero, our friend. Dave Thomas, we miss you." Additionally, Bev notes that a nearby eatery has "Goodbye, Dave, We'll Miss You," on its board. Several stores that had American flags flew them at half staff last week. I still like the hand-written tribute in my nearest store: "In Loving Memory." GBA.