Published January 20, 2002
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – A fine line separates genius and insanity, but the two movies that top this year's list of Golden Globe nominees couldn't be more different.
A Beautiful Mind, the story of a troubled math genius, and the frenetic musical Moulin Rouge lead the pack with six nods each, including bids for stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.
A Beautiful Mind was also nominated for best dramatic picture, and Moulin Rouge pulled in a nod for best musical or comedy film.
Kidman's Thursday was twice as nice, as the Australian actress was nominated as best comedic actress for Moulin Rouge and best dramatic actress for The Others. Billy Bob Thornton also double-dipped. He received one nomination for the dramatic The Man Who Wasn't There and another for his comedic role in Bandits.
Robert Altman's Gosford Park was the runner-up in the nominations tally with five, including best musical or comedy and supporting actress nominations for Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith.
David Lynch's Mulholland Drive and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring had four nominations each, including best dramatic picture.
Nominees in 13 movie and 11 television categories for the 59th annual Golden Globes were announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The awards are widely seen as barometer for which films will be front-runners for Academy Award nominations, which come out in February. Most years, one of the two best-picture winners at the Golden Globes wins the top honor at the Oscars. The Globes include a category for best dramatic movie and another for best comedy or musical.
The other dramatic best picture nominees were In the Bedroom and The Man Who Wasn't There. The other musical or comedy best picture choices were the highly praised Bridget Jones's Diary, Legally Blonde and the animated hit Shrek.
Besides Crowe and Thornton, the dramatic actor nominees were Will Smith for Ali, Kevin Spacey for The Shipping News and Denzel Washington for Training Day.
Appearing on the Today show just minutes after the nominees were announced, Spacey said being recognized for The Shipping News was "a great Christmas present."
"I was so stunned, I actually didn't hear the other nominees," he said. "I was very, very, very gratified."
Along with Kidman, the dramatic actress choices were Halle Berry for Monster's Ball, Judi Dench for Iris, Sissy Spacek for In the Bedroom and Tilda Swinton for The Deep End.
Musical or comedy best actress nominees were Kidman, Thora Birch for Ghost World, Cate Blanchett for Bandits, Reese Witherspoon for Legally Blonde and Renee Zellweger for Bridget Jones's Diary.
Besides McGregor and Thornton, the nominees for best actor in a musical or comedy were Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums, Hugh Jackman in Kate & Leopold, and John Cameron Mitchell for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Supporting actress nominees were Cameron Diaz of Vanilla Sky, Marisa Tomei of In The Bedroom and Kate Winslet of Iris.
Supporting actor nominees were Jim Broadbent of Iris, Steve Buscemi of Ghost World, Hayden Christensen of Life as a House, Ben Kingsley of Sexy Beast, Jude Law of A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Jon Voight of Ali.
Kingsley also was nominated as best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for Anne Frank.
Altman and Lynch were nominated for best director, along with Ron Howard for A Beautiful Mind, Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Baz Luhrmann for Moulin Rouge and Steven Spielberg for A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
Competing for best TV drama series will be Fox's 24, ABC's Alias, CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, HBO's Six Feet Under, HBO's The Sopranos and NBC's The West Wing.
Nominees for best TV musical or comedy series were Fox's Ally McBeal, NBC's Frasier, NBC's Friends, HBO's Sex and the City and NBC's Will & Grace.
HBO led the networks with 19 TV nominations, followed by NBC with 15 and ABC with 11.
Golden Globe nominees are chosen by the association's roughly 90 members, who cover Hollywood for overseas publications. The awards will air live on Jan. 20 on NBC.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.