Gladiator named as best film

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The Roman arena epic "Gladiator" was named best dramatic motion picture at the Golden Globes ceremony in Beverley Hills, California.

The Roman arena epic "Gladiator" was named best dramatic motion picture at the Golden Globes ceremony in Beverley Hills, California.

"Almost Famous," Cameron Crowe's fictionalized story about his experiences as a teenage rock journalist in the '70s, won best comedy film.

Julia Roberts was named best dramatic movie actress for "Erin Brockovich" and Tom Hanks won as best dramatic actor for "Cast Away."

No one film dominated Sunday night's awards. "Gladiator," a bloody re-creation of ancient battles in Rome's Coliseum directed by Ridley Scott, came away with two, including one for music.

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Almost Famous" and "Traffic" also won two each. So if the Golden Globes hold true as an indicator of how the Oscars will go in March, the field is wide open.

George Clooney won best actor in a comedy film for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and Renee Zellweger of "Nurse Betty" won best comedy film actress.

Taiwan's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," won the foreign-language film Globe and Ang Lee was named best director for the epic combining martial arts fury with the heroines' love stories.

Benicio Del Toro won best supporting film actor for his role in the drug war drama "Traffic" and Kate Hudson won supporting film actress for "Almost Famous."

"Traffic" won the screenplay Globe for Stephen Gaghan, and "Gladiator" picked up the original score honor for Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard. Dylan's "Things Have Changed" from "Wonder Boys" won original song.

NBC's "The West Wing" was named best television drama series and its star, Martin Sheen, won best actor in a TV drama for playing charismatic President Jeb Bartlett.

Sela Ward, who plays a divorced mother re-entering the dating world, was named the top actress in a TV drama series for ABC's "Once and Again."

Robert Downey Jr., who faces another drug possession trial, won best TV supporting actor for his role as Calista Flockhart's boyfriend on "Ally McBeal."

"Sex and the City" won best comedy series, and star Sarah Jessica Parker won for a second consecutive year as best actress in a comedy series.

"I'm ill-prepared again," Parker said. "It's just like high school. I am the most content employee ever. I love working for HBO."

"Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer won best actor in a comedy series.

Showtime's "Dirty Pictures won the best miniseries or TV movie and Judi Dench, whose husband actor Michael Wiliams died this month, was the category's best actress for "Last of the Blonde Bombshells." She last won a Golden Globe in 1998, drama film actress for "(Her Majesty) Mrs. Brown." Vanessa Redgrave won supporting actress for "If These Walls Could Talk 2."

Al Pacino was named in advance as winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which honors outstanding contributions to entertainment.

Nominees are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's roughly 90 members, who cover Hollywood for overseas publications. The association hands out 13 movie and 11 television awards.

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