''A Beautiful Mind'' gains momentum for Oscar, says Ken Tucker, but those TV winners were just plain weird
Jennifer Garner, Golden Globe Awards 2002
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EW.com reviews the Golden Globes show

You could boil down Sunday nights Golden Globes awards to a phrase: predictable for the movie winners, crazy-unpredictable for the TV winners.

With ”A Beautiful Mind” taking most of the night’s biggest awards — best picture, best actor (Russell Crowe), best supporting actress (Jennifer Connelly), and best screenplay — the Globes would seem a portent of Oscars to come. The next-most-awarded movie, ”Moulin Rouge,” may not have been a huge American hit, but remember — these were the Foreign Press Association awards, and ”Rouge” was huge abroad, thus helping to explain its wins in the musical or comedy category, as well as for Nicole Kidman and for the movie’s original score, by Craig Armstrong.

Yes, it was surprising that ”Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” got shut out, and that ”Gosford Park”’s Robert Altman won best director (not that he didn’t deserve it, but you’d have thought, given ”Mind”’s small slew, that Ron Howard might have won, or, for Pete’s sake, Peter Jackson, for the extraordinary spectacle he marshaled in ”Lord of the Rings”).

But over on TV side — Lordy, pass me the smelling salts. ”Six Feet Under” trumping the likes of ”The Sopranos,” ”The West Wing,” and ”Alias”? Come off it. ”Sex and the City” beating, among others, ”Friends,” ”Frasier,” and ”Will & Grace”? Oh, please. Sarah Jessica Parker of ”Sex” besting ”Malcolm in the Middle”’s Jane Kaczmarek? Parker’s very charming, to be sure, but she’s no laugh-getter the way Kaczmarek is. And handing a Globe to Charlie Sheen in ”Spin City” — well, Sheen’s an affable presence, but he ain’t no Kelsey Grammer or Eric McCormmack or Tom Cavanagh or Frankie Muniz, d’ya think?

On the plus side: Hurrah to Jennifer Garner for snagging the best dramatic actress award; she and ”Alias” deserve the attention. Jolly good for Kiefer Sutherland, winning for being so entertainingly exhausted on ”24.” And best of all, the Globes chose the most deserving actors in the TV movie categories: Judy Davis for her remarkable Judy Garland and James Franco for his pitch-perfect James Dean. These were both biopic triumphs.

Here are a few of our own small awards:

Best Salute Kevin Spacey, for taking the time to acknowledge the recently deceased director Ted Demme.

Worst Dress A tie — Sarah Jessica Parker’s ugly black poufy dress with ugly necklace vs. Sela Ward’s red descending multiple bows peculiarity.

Most Uncomfortable Winner Harrison Ford, recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, who squirmed in his seat as all those ”Star Wars,” ”Indiana Jones,” and miscast romantic comedy lead clips were screened. The man’s a terrific movie star, but somehow, the body of work shown last night didn’t seem to bolster that idea.

Best HBO Contrast ”Six Feet Under” creator Alan Ball accepting his win by saying, ”Thank God for HBO!” three times (wonder how the show’s broadcasting network, NBC, felt about that); then a bit later, there was a car commercial starring the only HBO employee who’ll probably never win a Globe, Robert Wuhl of ”Arli$$.”

Most Absurd Category The supporting actor in a series, miniseries, or movie made for television, which pitted, among others, ”Will & Grace”’s Sean Hayes against ”The West Wing”’s Bradley Whitford, and the winner was…Stanley Tucci for the overwrought HBO drama ”Conspiracy.” And besides, ”Band of Brothers”’ Ron Livingston should have won that particular Globe.

Best Moment All Night Sissy Spacek winning for ”In the Bedroom” — best acting well-rewarded, best speech, best hair, best aura in the whole damn room.