NORAH WINS FIVE AT GRAMMYS
Newcomer Norah Jones swept the major categories at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Sunday night in New York she snagged five statuettes and earned three more for her producer, engineers and songwriter.
Jones's album "Come Away With Me" was named Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, while her record "Don't Know Why" earned Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance. The 23-year-old singer also was named Best New Artist of the Year.
Jesse Harris, the man who wrote "Don't Know Why," won a Grammy for Song of the Year, Arif Mardin took home the prize for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical and S. Husky Hoskulds and Jay Newland got one for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Rap Artist Nelly also picked up two Grammys -- one for Best Male Rap Solo Performance for his song "Hot in Herre." The second award was for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Dilemma," the song he recorded with Kelly Rowland.
India Arie won Grammy for Best R & B Album for "Voyage to India" And Best Urban/Alternative Performance for her song, "Little Things."
Legendary rock duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel made rumors come true Sunday, reuniting to perform at the Grammy Awards. A reunion had been hinted at all week and to open the show Dustin Hoffman introduced the duo, who performed a slightly slower and seemingly appropriate "The Sounds of Silence." The two have had a somewhat silent, strained relationship and had not performed together for 10 years.
Bruce Springsteen had won three Grammys even before the 45th awards telecast began. In a pre-telecast ceremony, his Sept. 11, 2001, anthem "The Rising" earned him honors for Best Rock Song, Rock Album and Rock Vocal Performance.
For a complete listing of winners go to upi.com.
'PIANIST' WINS BEST FILM BAFTA
Seven films have each won two British Academy Awards at this year's Orange British Academy Film Awards Sunday.
"The Pianist" was named Best Film and earned The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction for Roman Polanski, while "The Hours" nabbed the honors for Actress In A Leading Role for Nicole Kidman's portrayal of Virginia Woolf,
as well as The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music.
"The Warrior" won The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year and the film's director and co-writer, Asif Kapadia, won The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Screenwriter or Producer in their First Feature Film.
Catherine Zeta-Jones took home the BAFTA for Actress In A Supporting Role for her role as murderess Velma Kelly in the musical "Chicago," which also won the award for Sound.
The Depression-era drama "Road To Perdition" earned the awards for Production Design and Cinematography, while Pedro Almodóvar's "Talk To Her" won in the categories Original Screenplay and Film Not in the English Language--his second win in this category.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" picked up two BAFTA awards in the categories Costume Design and Achievement in Special Visual Effects, as well as the Orange Film of the Year -- the only award given out at the ceremony that is voted for by the cinema going public.
In the other performance categories, Daniel Day-Lewis was awarded the BAFTA For Actor In A Leading Role for his portrayal of Bill the Butcher in "Gangs of New York," and Christopher Walken won for Actor In A Supporting Role for his part as Frank Abagnale Sr. in "Catch Me If You Can."
Charlie Kaufman's zany "Adaptation" won the award for Adapted Screenplay, while the Brazilian "City of God" was given the prize for Editing. The Frida Khalo biopic, "Frida," won in the category Make Up and Hair.
GAMBON IS NEW DUMBLEDORE
Best-known for his roles in "Gosford Park" and "Path to War," the 62-year-old actor will replace Richard Harris, who died last year near the end of production on the second film about the boy wizard, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," Warner Brothers has announced.
The studio has also revealed chameleonic actor Gary Oldman ("Hannibal," "Bram Stoker's Dracula") will play the escaped prisoner Sirius Black in the third film, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." Currently in production in England, the film is set to hit theaters in fall 2004.
MARIETTE HARTLEY TO JOIN 'CABARET' CAST
Actress Mariette Hartley will join the cast of the hit musical "Cabaret" next month.
Hartley started her career as a protégé of Eva LaGalienne and a member of John Houseman's American Shakespeare Festival. Her theatre credits include the national company of "Copenhagen" for which she won the best actress award from League of American Theatres and Producers, the West Coast premiere of Tom Stoppard's "The Seagull" at the Old Globe directed by Jack O'Brian, "Buffalo Gal" (Williamstown Festival) and "Measure for Measure," "King John" (Joseph Papp Public Theatre)
A six-time Emmy nominee, Hartley has appeared on "Law and Order:SVU," "Goodnight Beantown," "WIOU," " M.A.D.D.: The Candy Lightner Story," "Silence of the Heart," "To Have And To Hold," "Nash Bridges," "Incredible Hulk," "Rockford Files," and the currently airing "Healthy Solutions." The three-time Clio Award winner also hosted the CBS "Morning Program."
Her autobiography, "Breaking the Silence," which deals sith her father's suicide, was a best seller.