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'Crouching Tiger' snares two Globes

Ang Lee
Best director winner Ang Lee (right) with actress Ziyi Zhang  

BEVERLY HILLS, California -- "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was the surprise winner at the Golden Globe Awards, netting two Globes for director Ang Lee.

The martial arts-filled romantic drama surprised industry watchers, winning best foreign Film and also handing Taiwanese-born Lee the prestigous best director award, beating the more fancied Steven Soderbergh -- nominated for both "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich".

Swords, drugs and rock-n-roll captured the fancy of Hollywood at the Globes as Roman Empire drama "Gladiator" and rock comedy "Almost Famous" each claimed honors as the best films in their categories.

This years' Globes mixed fresh faces like Kate Hudson, named best supporting actress for "Almost Famous," with top celebrities including Tom Hanks, best actor in a film drama for "Cast Away," and Julia Roberts, winning actress in a drama for "Erin Brockovich."

It was filled with references to drug use by actors like Robert Downey, Jr., currently entangled in a legal snare for drug possession, who won best supporting actor in a television comedy for his appearances on "Ally McBeal."

Presidential politics, too, figured prominently, with NBC's "The West Wing" taking honors for best TV drama, and its star Martin Sheen named best actor in a TV drama.

In a repeat of an episode at the Golden Globes in 1998, Renee Zellweger, best actress in a comedy for "Nurse Betty," was in the restroom when her name was called, causing British actor Hugh Grant to wonder if she'd hidden under the table.

Elizabeth Taylor also had her own troubles onstage, tearing open the winner's envelope and almost naming the winner for best film drama before she had even called out the nominees. "I'm new at this," the legendary actress said. "I usually get them."

In short, it was a wacky ceremony for the Golden Globes, one of the film industry's most watched events and typically viewed as a precursor to the Oscars -- the film industry's highest awards given out each March.

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"Traffic" screenwriter Stephen Gaghan, who won the Globe for best screenplay, also noted the effect drug use had played early in his life, and said the experience helped inspire him to write the film.

Sheen, who portrays fictional U.S. President Josiah Bartlet in "West Wing," offered advice to the newly inaugurated Bush. "Follow your heart," he said, then he wished him the best.

The actor also gave a nod to activist Jesse Jackson, who recently confessed to fathering an illegitimate child: "Jesse, you are still a hero, and we need you now more than ever."

Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts won best film actress for 'Erin Brockovich'  

Among other television winners were HBO's "Sex and the City" for best TV comedy, and Sarah Jessica Parker for best actress in a musical or comedy for the same show.

Sela Ward took the best actress in a drama for her role in family drama "Once and Again," and Kelsey Grammer took home the statue for best actor in a comedy for "Frasier."

The actor also gave a nod to activist Jesse Jackson, who recently confessed to fathering an illegitimate child: "Jesse, you are still a hero, and we need you now more than ever."

Among other television winners were HBO's "Sex and the City" for best TV comedy, and Sarah Jessica Parker for best actress in a musical or comedy for the same show.

Sela Ward took the best actress in a drama for her role in family drama "Once and Again," and Kelsey Grammer took home the statue for best actor in a comedy for "Frasier."

Among some of the first-time winners were Zellweger for portraying a star-obsessed stalker in "Nurse Betty," Benicio Del Toro, best supporting actor for his portrayal of a Mexican cop trying to stay uncorrupted in "Traffic" and Goldie Hawn's daughter, Kate Hudson, playing an avid rock fan in "Famous."

"I was in the bathroom," Zellweger said backstage after accepting her award. "I thought I had something in my teeth and I wanted to fix it. Her snafu reminded observers of 1998, when the same thing happened to TV star Christine Lahti, who won an award that year for her work on "Chicago Hope."

Hollywood veterans join winners

Among the veterans taking home Golden Globes was George Clooney, named best actor in a film comedy for his portrayal of an escaped convict on the run in "O Brother, Where Art Thou." Clooney "confessed" that "I am actually the illegitimate son of John Ashcroft," whose nomination for U.S. Attorney General has caused controversy for his conservative beliefs and speeches.

Shortly after Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., who has battled drug and alcohol addiction, took the stage and said: "it's nice not to be under the table tonight."

But after winning his own award, a contrite Downey thanked the audience, said the award made him feel very humble, and would help with his self-esteem. He said people have been coming up to him on the street and offering their support, and he added: "I've been doing my part lately," he added.

George Clooney
Funny man? George Clooney took home an award for best actor in a film comedy  

"Traffic" screenwriter Stephen Gaghan, who won the Globe for best screenplay, also noted the effect drug use had played early in his life, and said the experience helped inspire him to write the film.

Sheen, who portrays fictional U.S. President Josiah Bartlet in "West Wing," offered advice to the newly inaugurated Bush. "Follow your heart," he said, then he wished him the best.

The actor also gave a nod to activist Jesse Jackson, who recently confessed to fathering an illegitimate child: "Jesse, you are still a hero, and we need you now more than ever."

Among other television winners were HBO's "Sex and the City" for best TV comedy, and Sarah Jessica Parker for best actress in a musical or comedy for the same show.

Sela Ward took the best actress in a drama for her role in family drama "Once and Again," and Kelsey Grammer took home the statue for best actor in a comedy for "Frasier."

The actor also gave a nod to activist Jesse Jackson, who recently confessed to fathering an illegitimate child: "Jesse, you are still a hero, and we need you now more than ever."

Among other television winners were HBO's "Sex and the City" for best TV comedy, and Sarah Jessica Parker for best actress in a musical or comedy for the same show.

Sela Ward took the best actress in a drama for her role in family drama "Once and Again," and Kelsey Grammer took home the statue for best actor in a comedy for "Frasier."

Among other television winners were HBO's "Sex and the City" for best TV comedy, and Sarah Jessica Parker for best actress in a musical or comedy for the same show.

Sela Ward took the best actress in a drama for her role in family drama "Once and Again," and Kelsey Grammer took home the statue for best actor in a comedy for "Frasier."

Reuters contributed to this report.



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