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Thursday, 20 December, 2001, 10:07 GMT
Golden Globes choice is 'wide open'
In the Bedroom: Tipped as a possible award winner
In the Bedroom: Tipped as a possible award winner
The season of glitzy Hollywood awards will get into full swing when the nominations for the Golden Globes, one of the biggest ceremonies of the year, are announced on Thursday.

There are no obvious contenders to lead the nominations, analysts say - with a number of films, from blockbusters to small-budget independents, having a chance.

Tom Hanks won Best Actor at the 2001 Golden Globes
Tom Hanks won Best Actor at the 2001 Golden Globes
Moulin Rouge and Shrek are in the hunt, as are David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, war film Black Hawk Down, In the Bedroom, starring Sissy Spacek, and A Beautiful Mind, with Russell Crowe.

The nominations could also indicate which movies will be in with a chance of Oscars glory.

"Its an unusual and very interesting year," said Tim Gray of the movie industry newspaper Variety Daily.

"In some years there is a clear front-runner like Titanic, or there are two favourites, but this year it's anybody's guess as to which films will be nominated," he said.

Lord of the Rings: Up for four AFI awards
Lord of the Rings: Up for four AFI awards
"Anything could happen this year. That's what will make it really fun."

One awards ceremony's set of nominations has already been announced, which may give some idea of the films other judges will be considering, while critics have been compiling their best-of lists.

The first American Film Institute (AFI) Awards, to be held on 5 January, has given the most nominations to In the Bedroom and Black Hawk Down with five each.

Drama In the Bedroom, directed by Todd Field, is "a rich, subtle examination of the American family", the AFI said.

Moulin Rouge: Acclaimed by film critics
Moulin Rouge: Acclaimed by film critics
Black Hawk Down, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor, revisits an ill-fated US Marines mission in Somalia in 1993.

Lord of the Rings received four AFI nominations, but experts are reluctant to tip such a hyped film as the Middle-earth epic or Harry Potter for sweeping awards glory.

Among film critics, the National Board of Review named musical Moulin Rouge, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, best film of the year.

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association picked In the Bedroom, while The New York Film Critics Circle and its Boston counterpart went for Mulholland Drive.

Mulholland Drive is David Lynch's LA-set drama
Mulholland Drive is David Lynch's LA-set drama
Mulholland Drive, set in Los Angeles and starring a cast of mostly unknown actors, is a twisted erotic drama billed as "a love story in the city of dreams".

Some major films have now dropped out of the running for Golden Globe and Oscars consideration, experts say.

Ali, Will Smith's biopic of Muhammad Ali, plus The Shipping News, starring Kevin Spacey and Dame Judi Dench, and Vanilla Sky, with Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz, are now thought to have little chance.

The Golden Globe ceremony takes place in Beverly Hills on 20 January, handing out awards in 24 categories.

The winners are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and also gives prizes for TV shows.

The nominations for the most prestigious prizes, the Oscars, will be announced on 12 February, with the ceremony taking place six weeks later.

See also:

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