Golden Globe nominations announced
(CNN) — Two movies going head to head at the box office this week are also up against each other for top honors in the Golden Globe awards. “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and “Gangs of New York” were both nominated for best motion picture drama in a ceremony Thursday morning in Los Angeles.
Also getting nods in that field, “About Schmidt,” which has been tapped by several film critic associations as best picture, “The Hours,” and the Holocaust drama “The Pianist.”
The sleeper hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was nominated for best motion picture comedy or musical, along with Hugh Grant’s summer flick “About a Boy,” the musical “Chicago,” “Nicholas Nickelby” and “Adaptation.”
The Golden Globes began in 1944, when the journalists of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) gathered informally to recognize Tinseltown’s best offerings of the year.
Over the decades, the tradition evolved into an awards ceremony that is now considered to be a strong predictor of the Academy Awards. Eight of the last 12 films that have won the Golden Globe for best drama also went on to win the Best Picture Oscar.
The awards will be handed out January 19.