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Golden Globe Staff Picks

Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday January 16, 2003

Movies

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Adam Pugh
GoWild Editor

Best Motion Picture
About Schmidt I saw a preview for this film and left the theatre with the feeling that no one in the audience got it except for me. Now months later it is all the rage to complement Jack Nicholson's character portrayal in this very simple but very powerful film. To me it is subtle humor and emotion at its best, leaving us all wanting more from our own lives.

Best Musical or Comedy
"Chicago" After seeing the Moulin Rouge for the umpteenth time I didn't think that anyone doing a musical in today's action-centered market could pull it off. Then came "Chicago," a scandalous comedy/musical that got me singing and laughing along. "Chicago" delivers the perfect amount of everything, which adds up to success. This movie is the new generation's "Singin' in the Rain."

Best Director
Peter Jackson "Lord of the Rings" On the director front, Jackson has shown us that CGI creatures can be integral parts of the plot (unlike one Jar Jar Binks) and special effects can be a main part of the story to make us all believe in a fantasy world. With his direction we are able to invest ourselves into these movies and follow along on the adventures of one small Hobbit who holds onto the fate of the world.

Best Screenplay

Bill Condon "Chicago" How do you take a musical and a Broadway play and translate it to the screen? You make the main character a daydreamer who envisions massive dance numbers and becomes a star in her own mind. Condon made this movie successful by paying attention to detail, making us all want to be a part of the action and drama.


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Lindsay Utz
GoWild Writer

Best Motion Picture

"The Pianist" With its dark somber sets, this haunting story of a gifted piano player amidst a brutal war is bound for epic-status. With a powerful performance by Adrian Brody, this tale is a fascinating but grim look at the power of music, the people who survive, and a filmmaker (Roman Polanski) who rises to the occasion. People love the human struggle story, so this one's headed for a win.

Best Musical or Comedy

"Chicago" As much as I want to vote for "Adaptation," I know that it's too quirky and weird to win. Besides, the judges are old and old people like musicals. But this is truly a killer show for everyone. With great performances by all, hip fast editing, and songs that are just as much fun onscreen as they were onstage, this film will definitely snatch up the award.

Best Director

Spike Jonze "Adaptation"- Jonze is best known for his music video, short film, and commercial direction. With "Adaptation" being his second feature length film and "Being John Malkovich" his first, he has made it clear that a director can be both fresh and edgy while staying true to the wit and intelligence of the script. His style lends to the story and never sacrifices the written material for the visuals. It's always a hip balance of the two.

Best Screenplay

Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman "Adaptation"- Okay, I don't want to ruin the surprise for anyone, but when Charlie walks up on stage to accept his Golden Globe for best screenplay there will be no Donald by his side. He doesn't exist, he's just a neurotic writer playing with his alter-ego. "Adaptation" is the year's most brilliant, witty and insightful scriptinging meta-fiction to the big screen.

Television

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Jessica Suarez
Asst. Editor

Best TV Series Drama

"Six Feet Under" Though this last season of the "Sopranos" was good, the second season of "Six Feet Under" was amazing and just as dramatic as the "Sopranos" without the bloodshed. Anyway, the next season of the "Sopranos" is its last, so look to it to sweep the TV awards in 2004.

Best TV Series Comedy

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" Don't deny it: "The Simpsons" have sucked the last few years, especially compared to much better animated shows like "Futurama" (R.I.P.) and "The Family Guy"(also cancelled, sadly). Also, "Sex in the City" has been lame ever since they went all post-Sept. 11 serious. "Will and Grace" and "Friends" are both too bourgeois for me, so I'm going with "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Best Actor/Actress Drama

James Gandolfini and Edie Falco Some complained that the last episode of this season's "Sopranos" lacked the drama and, of course, required violence for a "Sopranos" season finale. But I argue that the collapse of Tony and Carmela's "Sopranos" marriage was as violent and powerful as any of the other three season-enders. They're the best couple on TV-hands down.

Best Actor/Actress Comedy

Bernie Mac "Bernie Mac Show" and Sarah Jessica Parker "Sex in the City"

What do Bernie Mac and Sarah Jessica Parker's television characters have in common? Well, they both have curly hair. And they both seem to talk to themselves a lot. Oh, and they both look great in Manolo Blahnik stiletto heels.


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Paul Iams
GoWild Writer

Best TV Series Drama

"24" - "24" is the best show on television today. The real-time format keeps the suspense and drama at a maximum. They have improved greatly in their sophomore season, which is no small feat since the show was great from the first episode. They keep you on the edge of your seat, and don't have to resort to cussing and nudity to do it.

Best TV Series Comedy

"The Simpsons" There aren't enough musical television shows. That being said, "The Simpsons" is the only one of the group that is consistently funny. With more jokes and in-jokes than one person can possibly grasp in one viewing, it is still miles ahead of aging sitcoms like "Friends" and "Will and Grace." Just as long as "Sex and the City" doesn't win, I'll be happy.

Best Actor/Actress Drama

Kiefer Sutherland ("24"), Marg Helgenberger ("CSI") This is where the picks become muddy. Sure, HBO has an advantage over network television in what they can show. So, do I fault James Gandolfini and Edie Falco, or do I appreciate their work for what it is? As you can see by my picks, I choose the former. Sutherland and Helgenberger both anchor strong casts of strong shows that anyone can watch.

Best Actor/Actress Comedy

Tony Shalhoub ("Monk"), Bonnie Hunt ("Life with Bonnie") Often times a cable network will pick up shows from network TV. It isn't often that it happens the other way around. That is exactly what happened with "Monk," and most of its success is because of the talented Shalhoub. As for Hunt, her show is horrible, but for some reason, critics love her. As long as Sarah Jessica Parker doesn't win, I'll be happy.

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