Next year's Golden Globe Awards (04) look set to be dominated by epic films The Lord Of The Rings: THE RETURN OF THE KING and Cold Mountain, after the nominations were announced today (18DEC03).

Directors Peter Jackson and Anthony Minghella will fight it out with SOFIA COPPOLA for Lost In Translation, Clint Eastwood for Mystic River and Peter Weir for Master And Commander: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD in the Best Director category.

Meanwhile, in the acting categories, Cold Mountain's Nicole Kidman and Jude Law are both nominated in their respective Best Actress and Actor in a Drama categories. Kidman is joined by Uma Thurman in KILL BILL VOL 1, EVAN RACHEL WOOD for THIRTEEN, Charlize Theron for MONSTER, Cate Blanchett for Veronica Guerin and Scarlett Johansson for THE GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING in the Best Actress category.

Kidman's ex-husband Tom Cruise is included in the Best Actor in a Drama for his performance in The Last Samurai, Sean Penn has been nominated for Mystic River, Russell Crowe for Master and Commander, and Ben Kingsley's role in HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG completes the Best Actor nominees.

The ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on 25th January (04).

The list of nominees in the main film categories are:

Best Film:

COLD MOUNTAIN

Lord Of The Rings: THE RETURN OF THE KING

MYSTIC RIVER

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

SEABISCUIT

Best Actress In A Drama:

CATE BLANCHETT - VERONICA GUERIN

NICOLE KIDMAN - COLD MOUNTAIN

SCARLETT JOHANSSON - GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

CHARLIZE THERON - MONSTER

UMA THURMAN - KILL BILL VOL. 1

EVAN RACHEL WOOD - THIRTEEN

Best Actor In A Drama:

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

Best Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy:

Bend It Like Beckham

Big Fish

Finding Nemo

LOST IN TRANSLATION

Love Actually

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy:

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 Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy:

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

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture:

MARIA BELLO - THE COOLER

PATRICIA CLARKSON - PIECES OF APRIL

HOPE DAVIS - AMERICAN SPLENDOR

HOLLY HUNTER - THIRTEEN

RENEE ZELLWEGER - COLD MOUNTAIN

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture:

ALEC BALDWIN - THE COOLER

ALBERT FINNEY - BIG FISH

WILLIAM H. MACY - SEABISCUIT

TIM ROBBINS - MYSTIC RIVER

PETER SARSGAARD - SHATTERED GLASS

KEN WATANABE - THE LAST SAMURAI

Best Director - Motion Picture:

SOFIA COPPOLA - LOST IN TRANSLATION

CLINT EASTWOOD - MYSTIC RIVER

PETER JACKSON - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

ANTHONY MINGHELLA - COLD MOUNTAIN

PETER WEIR - MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD.

18/12/2003 17:14