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'Angels' Fire

Behind the scenes of the Golden Globes -- ''Angels in America'' star Meryl Streep has an identity crisis, ''Lost in Translation'''s Bill Murray talks about younger women, and more

Bill Murray, Golden Globe Awards 2004 | WILD BILL Murray had no qualms about working with a young costar and director
Image credit: Bill Murray: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com
WILD BILL Murray had no qualms about working with a young costar and director

If there are angels among us, they might be members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. In any case, they made a winner out of ''Angels in America'' by honoring the HBO AIDS epic with five TV awards (Best Actress in a Miniseries, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor in a Miniseries, and Best Miniseries). Even cast member and Best Supporting Actress winner Mary Louise Parker seemed stunned by the nonstop accolades: ''I'm really happy people liked it, but I'm kind of surprised. Maybe because it's so good. And things that are that good -- and that risky -- often get rejected.''

Fellow ''Angels'' winner Meryl Streep found herself pondering another enigma. ''My award from last year -- it's still blank,'' she sighed, while studying her unengraved award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie. ''Now I have two blank ones. I could put anything on them, I suppose. You're supposed to get a plaque to stick on, in the mail. But somehow mine got mislaid. It's probably on eBay.'' What the actress says she won't misplace are her Oscar screener tapes: ''I'm so afraid of losing them I have them under my bed so nobody finds my watermark and sues me or something.'' Somehow we doubt anyone will accuse her of putting ''Master and Commander'' on the Internet.

At the opposite end of the worry spectrum was Best Comedy Actor winner Bill Murray (''Lost in Translation''), who recalled that he had no fear of taking on a role in which his costar was young enough to be his daughter. ''Scarlett [Johansson] was only 17, but she's got that really attractive froggy voice that I like,'' he said. ''I have kids, so it's not that scary working with young people. My kids are far more frightening than either Sofia [Coppola, the film's director] or Scarlett.''

Though ''Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'' director Peter Jackson won awards for both Best Director and Best Drama, he refused to speculate on whether his movie might be a shoo-in for an Oscar sweep. ''I don't tend to want to think in such competitive terms,'' he said, then admitted, ''Obviously winning an Oscar is the ultimate achievement in filmmaking, so I'd be incredibly proud if we won.'' The usually shoe-less Jackson did, by the way, take one step toward paying his respect to the award shows: ''I do have shoes on. I'm not really brave enough to come to the Golden Globes in bare feet. Though I'd be more comfortable.''

Tim Robbins' self-proclaimed drinking buddy, ''Without a Trace'' star Anthony LaPaglia, said that he nearly nixed the role that won him the Best Actor in a TV Drama award: ''I almost said no [to this show], because I'm stupid. The deciding factor was the birth of my daughter a year ago, because I wanted to be home. I didn't want to drag my kid all over the world. And it turned out very well.''

''Six Feet Under'' matriarch Frances Conroy, who won Best Actress in a TV Drama, said she couldn't reveal any upcoming storylines on the HBO series ''or they would embalm me and I'd be the next one in a coffin.'' But she did say that certain changes have taken place behind the scenes. ''Rachel [Griffiths] had a baby, and he's 8 weeks old. So now there's a nursery on the lot so she can see him.'' Let's hope they didn't set it up too close to the funeral parlor.

Best Actress in a Comedy Diane Keaton (''Something's Gotta Give'') said that her win, coming almost 30 years after her first Golden Globe, for ''Annie Hall,'' was not only ''poignant'' but important: ''It's a significant honor because of the content of [writer-director] Nancy [Meyers'] movie. This movie says people over 50 still have sexual impulses, and love is still possible among the elderly.'' Apparently Keaton will be leading the charge for hot golden girls everywhere. ''I'm always going to do nudity in my movies,'' she kidded. ''I'm going to insist on it in all my contracts.''

Originally posted Jan 23, 2004
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