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By United Press International  |  Dec. 19, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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Hollywood's A-list -- largely absent from the end-of-year movie awards announced so far this awards season -- had a stronger showing Tuesday when the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced the nominees for its annual Critics' Choice Awards.

Universal Studios' "A Beautiful Mind" led the way with five nominations -- including one for best picture. The critics nominated Oscar-winner Russell Crowe for best actor for his performance as the emotionally troubled math genius and Nobel laureate John Forbes Nash Jr.

Ron Howard was nominated for best director -- his first directing nomination of this awards season. Akiva Goldsman was nominated for best screenplay and Jennifer Connelly for best supporting actress.

New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" had four nominations -- including best picture, director (Peter Jackson), composer (Howard Shore) and song ("May It Be," Enya).

"Ali" (Columbia), "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (Warner Bros.), "In the Bedroom" (Miramax) and "Moulin Rouge" (20th Century Fox) received three nominations each.

Among them, only "Harry Potter" did not make the BFCA list of 10 best picture nominees. That list did include "The Man Who Wasn't There" (USA Films), "Memento" (Newmarket), "Mulholland Drive" (Universal), "The Shipping News" (Miramax) and "Shrek" (DreamWorks).

The critics group also announced nominees in several TV categories -- including "Band of Brothers," "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows" and "The Mists of Avalon" for best picture made for television.

The Critics' Choice Awards will be presented Jan. 11 in Beverly Hills, Calif., in ceremonies airing on E! Entertainment TV on Jan. 14.

The nominees:

Best Picture: "Ali"; "A Beautiful Mind"; "In the Bedroom"; "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"; "The Man Who Wasn't There"; "Memento"; "Moulin Rouge"; "Mulholland Drive"; "The Shipping News"; "Shrek"

Actor: Russell Crowe ("A Beautiful Mind"); Sean Penn ("I Am Sam"); Will Smith ("Ali")

Actress: Nicole Kidman ("Moulin Rouge"); Sissy Spacek ("In the Bedroom"); Renee Zellweger ("Bridget Jones's Diary")

Supporting actor: Jim Broadbent ("Iris"); Ben Kingsley ("Sexy Beast"); Jon Voight ("Ali")

Supporting actress: Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind"); Cameron Diaz ("Vanilla Sky"); Marisa Tomei ("In the Bedroom")

Acting ensemble: "Gosford Park"; "Ocean's Eleven"; "The Royal Tenenbaums"

Director: Ron Howard ("A Beautiful Mind"); Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"); Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge")

Screenplay: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen ("The Man Who Wasn't There"); Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind"); Christopher Nolan ("Memento")

Young actor/actress: Dakota Fanning ("I Am Sam"); Haley Joel Osment ("A.I. Artificial Intelligence"); Daniel Radcliffe ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone")

Animated feature: "Monsters, Inc."; "Shrek"; "Waking Life"

Family film (live action): "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"; "The Princess Diaries"; "Spy Kids"

Best picture made for television: "Band of Brothers"; "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows"; "The Mists of Avalon"

Actor in a picture made for television: Hank Azaria ("Uprising"); James Franco ("James Dean"); Barry Pepper ("61*")

Actress in a picture made for television: Judy Davis ("Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows"); Salma Hayek ("In the Time of Butterflies"); Emma Thompson ("Wit")

Foreign language film: "Amelie"; "In the Mood for Love"; "No Man's Land"

Song: "May It Be," Enya ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"); "There You'll Stay," Faith Hill ("Pearl Harbor"); "Until," Sting ("Kate & Leopold"); "Vanilla Sky," Paul McCartney ("Vanilla Sky")

Composer: Howard Shore, ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"); John Williams ("A.I. Artificial Intelligence" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"); Christopher Young ("The Shipping News")


The International Press Academy -- a splinter group from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- has announced its nominations for the best films of 2001, with "Moulin Rouge" leading the pack in the running for the sixth annual Golden Satellite Awards.

Director Baz Luhrmann's MTV-style take on Paris at the dawn of the 20th century received 14 nominations -- including best picture, actor, actress, supporting actor, director and screenplay. Director Peter Jackson's screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" was second with nine nominations.

Nicole Kidman received two best actress nominations -- one for "Moulin Rouge," the other for "The Others," a horror-suspense picture that received six nominations.

Also scoring six nominations, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and "The Royal Tenenbaums." "Gosford Park" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" had five each.

The nominees for best drama movie are "Sexy Beast," "Memento," "The Deep End," "In the Bedroom" and "The Others."

The nominees for best comedy or musical movie are "Moulin Rouge," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Bridget Jones's Diary," "Gosford Park" and "The Royal Tenenbaums."

The IPA will also present awards for outstanding TV show, and honor Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden with its Mary Pickford Award, in ceremonies in Los Angeles Jan. 19.


The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has announced the nominees for its 13th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which will be presented in three separate awards ceremonies next spring in New York (April 1), Los Angeles (April 13) and June 1 (San Francisco).

The awards are presented each year to recognize "fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives."

There was only one nominee for outstanding film in wide release, "The Mexican." The DreamWorks release featured a gay hitman who was assigned by a mob boss to ensure the safe return of a priceless antique pistol.

The nominees for outstanding film in limited release are "Big Eden," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Nico and Dani," "Punks" and "Songcatcher."

The nominees for outstanding TV comedy are "The Ellen Show" (CBS), "Sex and the City" (HBO), "Some of My Best Friends" (CBS) and "Will & Grace" (NBC). Nominees for outstanding TV drama series are "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (UPN), "The Education of Max Bickford" (CBS), "ER" (NBC), "Queer As Folk" (Showtime) and "Six Feet Under" (HBO).

"Anatomy of a Hate Crime" (MTV), "Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City" (Showtime), "A Glimpse of Hell" (FX), "Stranger Inside" (HBO) and "What Makes a Family" (Lifetime) were nominated for outstanding TV movie.


MTV comedian Tom Green has filed for divorce from actress-producer Drew Barrymore, less than six months after the couple were married.

In court papers filed in Los Angeles Monday, Green cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the breakup.

In a statement issued through a publicist, he said he still loved Barrymore. "Drew is a wonderful woman," said Green. "I love her very much. I wish our marriage could have worked out. I wish her much happiness."

As of Tuesday morning, Barrymore had not made a public statement about the matter.

(The above three items thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)


At age 94, Katharine Hepburn naturally keeps a low profile. But, according to columnist Liz Smith, she was able to attend a big holiday party given by an unidentified Connecticut bigwig.

Smith says Hepburn showed up dressed in red with just enough makeup. She reports that when one fellow guest asked the Hollywood legend what she wanted for Christmas, she replied: "Clothes ... I need clothes!"

Also at the party were attorney Mickey Sherman, Kennedy clan cousin Michael Skakel, writer Dominick Dunne and British producer David Simone, credited with discovering Sir Elton John.

Hepburn continues to be one of Hollywood's longest-surviving legends and it's good news to hear that she's able to get out occasionally. There have been many re-reports, lately, that painted her as a near recluse.


Country icon Johnny Cash -- The Man in Black -- will soon join the ranks of Thomas Edison, George Washington and countless other famous people immortalized by Hollywood in what is affectionately called a "biopic."

Fox News is reporting that director James Mangold -- best known for his new hit "Kate and Leopold" and last year's "Girl, Interrupted" -- is heading up the project. There are also indications that Cash and wife June Carter Cash have seen the script and approve of the treatment. No casting for the movie has been done yet. Filming could begin in about 10 months.

Meanwhile, Cash -- who turns 70 in February -- continues to recuperate in the wake of recurring illnesses. He was hospitalized twice in recent months so doctors could keep a close watch on his chronic condition that makes him susceptible to infections.

(The above two items thanks to UPI Feature Reporter Dennis Daily)

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