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Special Event

Golden Globe Nominees Announced

Aired December 21, 2000 - 8:34 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Let's go right out now to the West Coast where the Golden Globe nominations are about to be announced.

CNN's Jim Moret standing by now live in Beverly Hills.

Jim, take it away.

JIM MORET, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Leon, the announcements are actually made in two segments. We've heard 11 announcement so far for best supporting actor and best supporting actress both for television and film. And that's really what sets the Golden Globes apart because it encompasses the purview of both the Emmys and the Oscars.

Let's go over some of the nominations in the supporting actor category. First, we mentioned "Sex and the City" as being the big winner last year. Indeed, it's already on the list for this year because Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon, two of the co-stars for that series, are nominated in the best supporting actor category, along with Megan Mullally of "Will & Grace." She was up for best supporting actress, along with her cohort Sean Hayes, also of "Will & Grace."

Robert Downey Jr was nominated for best supporting actor for his work in "Ally McBeal," and David Hyde Pierce for his work in "Frasier."

Now, this is, as I said, mentioned in two segments. In about a minute and a half, Kelsey Grammer, who is a previous Emmy and Golden Globe winner for his work on "Frasier," will get up to the microphone and announce the best actor, best actress categories, and best director categories in both television and motion pictures.

And turning now to motion pictures, let's touch on a couple of best supporting actress nominations. Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand both nominated for best supporting actress for their work in "Almost Famous." And Catherine Zeta-Jones for "Traffic."

For best supporting actor category, let me run down a couple of them: Jeff Bridges for his work in "The Contender," Albert Finney for "Erin Brockovich." And we mentioned earlier on in this broadcast that "Erin Brockovich" has come in already with a number of awards for Julia Roberts and the director, Steven Soderbergh, both from the L.A. Film Critics and the National Board of Review.

Let me give you a sense. There are -- there is some secrecy surrounding, obviously, the voting here. When you talk about the Academy Awards, you have some 5,000-plus members of the academy that are voting and nominating on all of the various categories. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association only has 89 members and 84 of them vote.

And to give you an idea of the size of this operation, in 1995 when the awards show was on a Turner sister network, there were about 7 1/2 million viewers nationwide for the actual awards telecast last year on NBC. That number swelled to over 40 million, and it is the second-most-watched awards show after the Academy Awards. And this clearly has influence not only in the international community, but also on Oscar voters, because the awards are actually announced prior to the nominations for the Oscars.

Again, I mentioned Kelsey Grammer is coming up to the podium. He's going to make the remaining 13 nominations. Let's listen in.

KELSEY GRAMMER, ACTOR: Thank you. Good morning and welcome to the nomination announcements for the 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards. This year's ceremonies will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Sunday, Jan. 21, and will be televised live on NBC.

With us this morning is the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, celebrating his 41st year as the Hollywood correspondent for "Watani" (ph) magazine in Egypt, Mr. Mahfouz Doss.

(APPLAUSE)

And now joining me to announce this year's nominations are two exciting stars of television and motion pictures: Lara Flynn Boyle and Golden Globe winner Christine Lahti.

To start us off, Lara Flynn Boyle.

(APPLAUSE)

LARA FLYNN BOYLE, ACTRESS: OK, the nominees for best performance by an actor in a television series, musical or comedy: Ted Danson, "Becker; Kelsey Grammer, "Frasier"...

(APPLAUSE)

Eric McCormack, "Will & Grace"; Frank Muniz, "Malcolm in the Middle"; and Ray Ramano, "Everybody Loves Raymond."

The nominees for best performance by an actress in a television series, musical or comedy: the fabulous Calista Flockhart, "Ally McBeal"; Jane Kaczmarek, "Malcolm in the Middle"; Debra Messing, "Will & Grace"; Bette Midler, "Bette"; Sarah Jessica Parker, "Sex and the City."

The nominees for best television series, musical or comedy: "Ally McBeal, Fox; "Frasier," NBC; "Malcolm in the Middle," Fox; "Sex and the City, HBC -- HBO; and "Will & Grace," NBC.

(APPLAUSE) The nominees for best performance by an actor in a television series drama: Andre Braugher, "Gideon's Crossing"; James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos"; Rob Lowe, "The West Wing"; the fabulous Dylan McDermott, "The Practice"; and Martin Sheen, "The West Wing" -- Kelsey.

(APPLAUSE)

GRAMMER: The nominees for best performance by an actress in a television series drama: Jessica Alba, "Dark Angel"; Lorraine Bracco, "The Sopranos"; Amy Brenneman, "Judging Amy"; Edie Falco, "The Sopranos"; Sarah Michelle Gellar, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer": Sela Ward, "Once and Again."

The nominees for best television series drama: "CSI," "ER," "The Practice," "The Sopranos," "The West Wing."

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture comedy, the nominees -- a musical or a comedy: the nominees are Jim Carrey, "The Grinch"; George Clooney, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou"; John Cusack, "High Fidelity"; Robert De Niro, "Meet the Parents"; Mel Gibson, "What Women Want."

The nominees for best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy: Juliet Binoche, "Chocolat"; Blenda Blethyn, "Saving Grace;" Sandra Bullock, "Miss Congeniality"; Tracy Ullman, "Smalltime Crooks"; Renee Zellweger, "Nurse Betty."

The nominees for best motion picture, musical or comedy: "Almost Famous"; "Best in Show"; "Chicken Run"; "Chocolat"; "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou."

And that's it for me.

(APPLAUSE)

Christine Lahti.

CHRISTINE LAHTI, ACTRESS: Thank you, Kelsey.

The nominees for best motion picture are -- is that right? That's next? I'm sorry.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Best director.

LAHTI: Best director motion picture, yes, sorry: Ang Lee, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"; Ridley Scott, "Gladiator"; Steven Soderbergh, "Erin Brockovich"; Steven Soderbergh, "Traffic"; Istvan Szabo, "Sunshine."

(WHOOPING)

The nominees for best performance by an actor in a motion picture drama are: Javier Bardem, "Before Night Falls"; Russell Crowe, "Gladiator"; Michael Douglas, "Wonder Boys"; Tom Hanks, "Castaway" Geoffrey Rush, "Quills." The nominees for best performance by an actress in a motion picture drama are: Joan Allen, "The Contender"; Bjork, "Dancer in the Dark"; Ellen Burstyn, "Requiem for a Dream"; Laura Linney, "You Can Count On Me"; Julia Roberts, "Erin Brockovich."

And now before I read the best picture nominations, we just want to remind you that all the winners of these awards will be announced on the Golden Globe telecast on Jan. 21.

And now the nominees for best motion picture drama are: "Billy Elliot," Universal Focus; "Erin Brockovich," Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures; "Gladiator," Dreamworks Pictures, Universal Pictures; "Sunshine," Paramount Classics; "Traffic," USA Films; "Wonder Boys," Paramount Pictures.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you all very much.

GRAMMER: Thanks for coming everybody. Thank you very much. Don't miss the party of the year, the Golden Globe Awards.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For the photographers...

MORET: And there you heard the announcements for the 24 categories of the Golden Globes, which will be handed out on Sunday, Jan. 21 and broadcast live on NBC. They're going to be handed out right here where they were announced.

Let's go over some of the nominees for best picture in a drama: "Billy Elliot," which, as I mentioned, was that film coming into this awards with a great deal of buzz, but so far no critical acclaim to speak of; "Erin Brockovich," which has won the L.A. Film Critics and the National Board of Review for best picture, has indeed been named best picture among the nomination; "Gladiator," staring Russell Crowe; "Sunshine"; "Traffic" and "Wonder Boys."

Now, what's interesting is that "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich" both directed by Steven Soderbergh, who has won best director both by National Board of Review and L.A. Film Critics.

As I mentioned earlier, what makes this award show so interesting is that it encompasses the areas that are generally contained by the Emmys and the Oscars, because it talks about television and film.

And let's talk about -- we will, of course, be bringing you a full wrap up throughout the day. And we'll also get some reaction from the stars.

Right now, let's go to Leon Harris in Atlanta.

HARRIS: Hey, well, Jim, before we let you get out of here, well, any surprises jump out at you?

MORET: It's -- to be quite honest with you, this is controlled chaos here. For the Academy Award nominations, what they generally do, all the members of the press -- and there are some 28 accredited crews from around the world here -- are handed a list of all of the various nominations. Here there are 24 categories, and we're basically writing feverishly and we're checking amongst ourselves: Did you hear who that was? Did you hear who that was? So we're really now assessing all of this.

But what's significant is the films "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich," both among the nominations. And that's interesting because they're both directed by the same person.

But as I said, this encompasses both television and film, so we're going to be sifting through this throughout the day and be bringing you some of the surprises.

HARRIS: All right, good deal. Thanks, Jim. Got your hands full there. We'll see you later on.

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