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January 22nd, 2001

Golden Globes, Weekend Box Office

The Golden Globes were last night, and I'm sure like so many other people across the world, you were watching too. People don't consider them a "real" award, but I do, and I rather like the ceremony. TV and movies together and people who you'd never think would get nominated actually do. I thought it was somewhat boring this year, and I only thought there were a few surprises. Still, the Oscar® race is now heating up. I guess the biggest surprise for me was that Gladiator won for Best Picture Drama, and I wonder if the Academy is going to go the same way too. Don't get me wrong, I thought "Gladiator" was a great movie, but I think it's a bit overrated and more of a Hollywood spectacle. I was also surprised Almost Famous won, and I was very happy it did. I wasn't sure if the Hollywood Foreign Press would go for it (I was thinking that Chicken Run or Best In Show would have been honored), but they did, and I'm glad the movie has been recognized. I was also a bit surprised George Clooney won for O Brother, Where Art Thou? but I was happy he did. Another shock: Bob Dylan winning. Oh well. I was very happy Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon took honors for Ang Lee, I knew he'd win (and of course, it won Best Foreign Film). I personally think Soderbergh's vote got split for "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich", and that could face a problem if he's nominated twice for the Oscars® (and he was just nominated for the DGAs twice). So there was some nice variety, and in just a few weeks, Oscar® is on the rise. Stay tuned.

Anyone catch Elizabeth Taylor? I felt kind of bad for her (poor Dick Clark had to help her out, and she read the TelePrompTer word for word). I was actually watching the E! preshow on cable, and I couldn't believe the mistakes Todd Newton made. He said he hope Michael Douglas would win for "Traffic" (when he was nominated for "Wonder Boys") and that he would hope "Best In Show" would win over "Traffic" (uhh... they were nominated in two different catagories). Steve Kemetko at the post show made a mistake too, but I already forgot what it was. If you work for an all entertainment network, shouldn't you know what's going on? Sheesh.

As far as the weekend box office goes, Save The Last Dance continued to stay in first with 15.3, Cast Away with 11.1, Traffic with 8.5 and Guy Ritchie's follow-up to "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels", Snatch walked away with 8 million for fourth. Fifth saw What Women Want hanging on with 6.8, Finding Forrester with 6.7, Miss Congeniality with 6.2 followed by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with a nice 6 million. In about three weeks time Sony will stop the spread and it will be all over North America. Finally, Thirteen Days and Double Take round out the top ten with 6 and 5.7 million. Not a bad weekend at the box office... I'm sure it will hurt a little next weekend due to the Super Bowl (go Giants!).

- Zach B.

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