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The Double Threat Award goes to...

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson, Girl with a Pearl Earring

Scarlett Johansson is among this year's Award winners

FOR ''Lost in Translation'' and ''Girl With a Pearl Earring''

WHY? Johansson's been making movies for a decade (''The Horse Whisperer,'' ''Ghost World''), but her starmaking turns in two films this year have moviegoers recalling Lauren Bacall's startling debut in ''To Have and Have Not.'' Like Bacall then, Johansson is 19, blond, curvy, husky-voiced, and mature beyond her years. In both ''Lost in Translation'' and ''Girl With a Pearl Earring,'' she enchants middle-aged men (Bill Murray's lonely movie star in ''Lost,'' Colin Firth's Dutch master painter Vermeer in ''Earring'') without really doing anything but being her fiercely independent self. We don't know what the secret was that she carried at the end of ''Lost,'' but we'll be watching Johansson with hopes of finding out.

(Golden Globe nominations: Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, ''Lost in Translation,'' and Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, ''Girl With a Pearl Earring'')

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Originally posted Jan 16, 2004

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