"The Hours," a film based on a Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, shone at the 60th annual Golden Globes awards held Sunday night in Los Angeles, by winning the best film drama award.
Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman won the best actress award for her role as suicidal writer Virginia Woolf in "The Hours."
The best actor award went to Jack Nicholson for playing a depressed retiree in "About Schmidt."
Kidman had to wear a prosthetic nose that made it hard for others to recognize her beauty. Nicholson took note of the difference of Kidman's appearance and joked after she introduced him to the stage: "Doesn't Nicole look lovely with her own nose?"
The jazz musical "Chicago" won the Golden Globe for best musical-comedy, and "Chicago" co-stars Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere won best Musical-comedy acting awards, and Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper received supporting performer honors for the comedy "Adaptation."
Streep, a frequent awards recipient, said she was unprepared towin for "Adaptation." "Oh my God, I've just been nominated 789 times and I was getting so settled over there for a long winter's nap," she said. "I didn't have anything prepared because it's beenlike (since) the Pleistocene era that I won anything."
The actress last won a Golden Globe in 1983 for "Sophie's Choice," and won two others for "The French Lieutenant's Woman" in1982 and "Kramer vs. Kramer" in 1980.
Martin Scorsese won the best director award for the Civil War era immigrant saga "Gangs of New York."
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor won best screenplay prize for "About Schmidt." Irish rockers U2 won the best movie song award for"The Hands That Built America" from "Gangs of New York" and composer Elliot Goldenthal received the best original score award for "Frida."
The Pedro Almodovar-directed Spanish drama "Talk to Her," abouttwo men in love with comatose women in the same hospital, was chosen best foreign film.
In TV series, the Fox cop show "The Shield" defeated such popular TV shows as "The Sopranos" and "The West Wing" to win the award for best TV drama, and its star Michael Chiklis, won the award for best actor in a drama series.
HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" won best TV comedy series, while Edie Falco won the dramatic TV actress award for playing the unhappy wife of gangster Tony Soprano in HBO's "The Soprano."
Jennifer Aniston won best TV comedy actress for NBC's "Friends," while Tony Shalhoub received the TV comedy actor's award for theUSA detective show "Monk."
The ceremony, hosted by the about 90-member Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is the biggest Hollywood party that formally kicked off the awarding season in Hollywood. It was regarded as a rehearsal for the upcoming Oscar awards to be held in late March.