Russell Crowe, George Clooney, and Julia Roberts snag best actor nods

By Lori Reese
Updated January 22, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Industry watchers say that the Golden Globes nominations are the best indicator of who will win receive Academy Award attention. If that’s the case, then we can expect to see a lot of Russell Crowe and Steven Soderbergh at the March 25, 2001, awards ceremony. Soderbergh’s ”Traffic” (which is set for wide release Jan. 5, 2001) and the Ridley Scott directed ”Gladiator” racked up five nods each when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominations for the Golden Globes on Thursday.

Like ”Traffic,” many of the nominees are set for wide release in January. This means that films such as the Coen Brothers‘ latest, the George Clooney comedy ”O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and the Juliette Binoche/ Johnny Depp pic ”Chocolat” (both nominated for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy) stand to reap unexpected box office rewards from the attention. The awards ceremony will be broadcast on national television Jan. 21, 2001. Here’s a complete list of the major nominees:


Best Picture – Drama
”Billy Elliot”
”Erin Brockovich”
”Wonder Boys”

Best Picture – Musical or Comedy
”Almost Famous”
”Best In Show”
”Chicken Run”
”O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

Best Actor – Drama
Javier Bardem (”Before Night Falls”)
Russell Crowe (”Gladiator”)
Michael Douglas (”Wonder Boys”)
Tom Hanks (”Cast Away”)
Geoffrey Rush (”Quills”)

Best Actress – Drama
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”)

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy
Jim Carrey (”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”)
George Clooney (”O Brother, Where Art Thou?”)
John Cusack (”High Fidelity”)
Robert De Niro (”Meet the Parents”)
Mel Gibson (”What Women Want”)

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
Juliette Binoche (”Chocolat”)
Brenda Blethyn (”Saving Grace”)
Sandra Bullock (”Miss Congeniality”)
Tracy Ullman (”Small Time Crooks”)
Renee Zellweger (”Nurse Betty”)

Best Supporting Actor
Jeff Bridges (”The Contender”)
Willem Dafoe (”Shadow of the Vampire”)
Benicio del Toro (”Traffic”)
Albert Finney (”Erin Brockovich”)
Joaquin Phoenix (”Gladiator”)

Best Supporting Actress
Judi Dench (”Chocolat”)
Kate Hudson (”Almost Famous”)
Frances McDormand (”Almost Famous”)
Julie Waters (”Billy Elliot”)
Catherine Zeta-Jones (”Traffic”)

Best Director
Ang Lee (”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”)
Ridley Scott (”Gladiator”)
Steven Soderbergh (”Erin Brockovich”)
Steven Soderbergh (”Traffic”)
Istvan Szabo (”Sunshine”)

Best Screenplay
Cameron Crowe (”Almost Famous”)
Stephen Gaghan (”Traffic”)
Steve Kloves (”Wonder Boys”)
Kenneth Lonergan (”You Can Count On Me”)
Doug Wright (”Quills”)


Best Series – Drama
”The Practice”
”The Sopranos”
”The West Wing”

Best Series – Musical or Comedy
”Ally McBeal”
”Malcolm in the Middle”
”Sex and the City”
”Will & Grace”

Best Actor – Drama
Andre Braugher (”Gideon’s Crossing”)
James Gandolfini (”The Sopranos”)
Rob Lowe (”The West Wing”)
Dylan McDermott (”The Practice”)
Martin Sheen (”The West Wing”)

Best Actress – 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”)

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy
Ted Danson (”Becker”)
Kelsey Grammer (”Frasier”)
Eric McCormack (”Will & Grace”)
Frankie Muniz (”Malcolm in the Middle”)
Ray Romano (”Everybody Loves Raymond”)

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
Calista Flockhart (”Ally McBeal”)
Jane Kaczmarek (”Malcolm in the Middle”)
Debra Messing (”Will & Grace”)
Bette Midler (”Bette”)
Sarah Jessica Parker (”Sex and the City”)

Best Miniseries or TV Movie
”Dirty Pictures”
”Fail Safe”
”For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story”
”On the Beach”

Best Actor – Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie
Alec Baldwin (”Nuremberg”)
Brian Cox (”Nuremberg”)
Brian Dennehy (”Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman”)
Andy Garcia (”For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story”)
James Woods (”Dirty Pictures”)

Best Actress – Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie
Judi Dench (”Last of the Blond Bombshells”)
Holly Hunter (”Harlan County War”)
Christine Lahti (”An American Daughter”)
Frances O’Connor (”Madame Bovary (Exxonmobil Masterpiece Theater)”)
Rachel Ward (”On the Beach”)
Alfre Woodward (”Holiday Heart”)

Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie
Robert Downey Jr. (”Ally McBeal”)
Sean Hayes (”Will & Grace”)
John Mahoney (”Frasier”)
David Hyde Pierce (”Frasier”)
Christopher Plummer (”American Tragedy”)
Bradley Whitford (”The West Wing”)

Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie
Kim Cattrall (”Sex and the City”)
Faye Dunaway (”Running Mates”)
Allison Janney (”The West Wing”)
Megan Mullally (”Will & Grace”)
Cynthia Nixon (”Sex and the City”)
Vanessa Redgrave (”If These Walls Could Talk II”)