'Cold' tale a hot pick for Golden Globes

— "Cold Mountain," director Anthony Minghella's sweeping Civil War love story based on the best-selling novel, may have captured eight Golden Globe nominations Thursday, but an underdog racehorse and two strikingly mature teenage actresses also captured the heart of the Hollywood foreign press as the movie awards season shifted into high gear.

Themes of war, violence and revenge dominated the best dramatic picture category, in which each nominee was adapted from a popular book.

Along with "Cold Mountain," Golden Globe nominations went to Peter Jackson's epic fantasy "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Peter Weir's swashbuckling "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," Clint Eastwood's brooding murder mystery "Mystic River" and Gary Ross' uplifting horse racing saga "Seabiscuit."

The Globe nominations have more importance to the Oscar race this year than the winners do. That's because the Academy Awards are on an earlier schedule this season, with Oscar nominations announced Jan. 27, two days after the Globes are handed out; the Oscars will be awarded Feb. 29, a month earlier than normal.

The Globes will be announced Jan. 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and telecast on NBC.

The star of "Girl With a Pearl Earring," an ecstatic 19-year-old Scarlett Johansson, was smiling through her runny mascara as she expressed joy at being nominated not only for best actress for that period drama but also for the contemporary comedy "Lost in Translation."

She joins 16-year-old Evan Rachel Wood in the drama category for her role as a rebellious teen in "Thirteen."

Either would be the youngest winner honored by the Golden Globes for best actress.

Here are some of the Golden Globe nominees. For a complete list, see www.hfpa.org/nominations2004.html. DRAMA Best Motion Picture ¢ "Cold Mountain" ¢ "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" ¢ "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" ¢ "Mystic River" ¢ "Seabiscuit" Best Actress ¢ Cate Blanchett, "Veronica Guerin" ¢ Nicole Kidman, "Cold Mountain" ¢ Scarlett Johansson, "Girl with a Pearl Earring" ¢ Charlize Theron, "Monster" ¢ Uma Thurman, "Kill Bill, Volume 1" ¢ Evan Rachel Wood, "thirteen" Best Actor ¢ Russell Crowe, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" ¢ Tom Cruise, "The Last Samurai" ¢ Ben Kingsley, "House of Sand and Fog" ¢ Jude Law, "Cold Mountain" ¢ Sean Penn, "Mystic River" MUSICAL OR COMEDY Best Motion Picture ¢ "Bend It Like Beckham" ¢ "Big Fish" ¢ "Finding Nemo" ¢ "Lost in Translation" ¢ "Love Actually" Best Actress ¢ Jamie Lee Curtis, "Freaky Friday" ¢ Scarlett Johansson, "Lost in Translation" ¢ Diane Keaton, "Something's Gotta Give" ¢ Diane Lane, "Under the Tuscan Sun" ¢ Helen Mirren, "Calendar Girls" Best Actor ¢ Jack Black, "School of Rock" ¢ Johnny Depp, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" ¢ Bill Murray, "Lost in Translation" ¢ Jack Nicholson, "Something's Gotta Give" ¢ Billy Bob Thornton, "Bad Santa"


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