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Golden Globe Nominations: Both Old, New Faces Among Best in TV, Film

Aired December 21, 2000 - 1:26 p.m. ET

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

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: We're going to talk Hollywood now because the Golden Globe nominations are out, and you know that's always a little hint to what might happen come Oscar time. There are some big names nominated and there are some new faces.

And watching it all for us is CNN entertainment reporter Jim Moret. He's there.

Hi, Jim.

JIM MORET, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Natalie. Can you feel it? Can you hear it? It's the PR machine out here in Hollywood that's beginning to churn, move into full swing. Because earlier today here at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, the Golden Globe nominations were announced. And let's go over some of the nominations now for you.

For best motion picture drama -- they combine -- they take drama and musical comedy and make them separate categories. Let's go over them: "Billy Elliot," "Erin Brockovich," "Gladiator," "Sunshine," "Traffic" and "Wonder Boys."

Now for best motion picture for a musical or comedy, you have "Almost Famous"; small film "Best in Show"; "Chicken Run," the claymation feature; "Chocolat," and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

For best performance by an actor in a motion picture for drama, you have Javier Bardem, "Before Night Falls"; Russell Crowe for "Gladiator"; Michael Douglas, "Wonder Boys" -- that was re-released, actually, because it didn't do so well the first time it was out -- Tom Hanks, "Castaway," his new film; and Geoffrey Rush for "Quills."

For best performance by an actress in a motion picture for a drama, you have Joan Allen for "The Contender" -- that was actually a part written for her -- Bjork, "Dancer in the Dark"; Ellen Burstyn, "Requiem for a Dream"; Laura Linney, "You Can Count On Me"; and Julia Roberts for "Erin Brockovich." That film and that actress as already received best actress nods from the L.A. Film Critics and National Board of Review.

Now, "Gladiator" and "Traffic" share top honors. "Gladiator," the film with Russell Crowe," nominated five times today by the Golden Globe nomination committee. And "Traffic," film starring Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, also nominated for five awards.

Unlike the Oscars and unlike the Emmys, the Golden Globes combine television and motion pictures. And on the television side, NBC comes out on top with 15 nominations. What's interesting about this, see, there's a lot of talk going into award season, as you mentioned coming into this, that this often sets the pace for what films may be nominated for the Academy Awards.

The Academy Awards are voted on by more than 5,000 members of the academy, but here the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is the group behind the Golden Globes, there are only 84 voting members. Arguably , those 84 journalists from around the world are among the most powerful people in Hollywood because they set the tone for much of this award season, which officially kicks off today.

And the awards will be handed out right here at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, which, incidentally, is owned by Merv Griffin, another tie to entertainment. That will be held on Jan. 21, on Sunday, and broadcast live on NBC.

But right now, let's go back to Natalie in Atlanta -- Natalie.

ALLEN: Well, Jim, we remember last year Hilary Swank won the Golden Globe, didn't she? And didn't that set her up for the Oscars, and then she became a big star. Which names of all the names you read are those up-and-comers that we might see launching into stardom, with this being the beginning?

MORET: Well, I mentioned Bjork for "Dancer in the Dark." Bjork is obviously known for her musical career, and this is obviously a feather in her cap for one of her first times out to be given the nod.

But you have some familiar names: Julia Roberts and Joan Allen. Javier Bardem for the actor category, a name not known very well in the United States. And these awards really focus international attention on these performers, and obviously, as you mentioned with Hilary Swank, can launch a career and refocus a lot of attention on people who have been working for quite a number of years but have been overlooked for one reason or another. And this is really the coming of age for many performers.

ALLEN: OK, Jim, thanks a lot. We'll be watching to see who the new stars will be.

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