Date: 22nd January 2001
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as is its wont, decided to spread its Golden Globe awards to numerous films Sunday night: Gladiator received one for best dramatic film; Almost Famous, for best comedy film. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon got one for best director (Ang Lee).
Cast Away took one for best dramatic actor (Tom Hanks) and Erin Brockovich, for best dramatic actress (Julia Roberts). Traffic got the screenplay award (Stephen Gaghan).
The biggest surprise of the night may have been the selection of George Clooney as best comedy actor for his performance in O Brother, Where Art Thou? His competition had been Jim Carrey, Robert De Niro, Mel Gibson and John Cusack. Accepting the award, Clooney cracked, "I think when you list the other actors in this category, you've got to figure I'm gonna win this. ... What have they done?"
Renee Zellweger was chosen best comedy actress for Nurse Betty.
Other Golden Globe film winners: Best Supporting Actress: Kate Hudson, Almost Famous; Best Supporting Actor: Benicio Del Toro, Traffic; Best Foreign Language Film: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard, Gladiator; Best Original Song: Bob Dylan, "Things Have Changed" from Wonder Boys.
Source: Studio Briefing