King Golden, Oscars to Follow?

If past is prologue, particularly in Hollywood’s award-season 2004, then Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is headed for a golden February.

Whether it’s a real co-relation or self-fulfilling prophecy, the Golden Globe’s best pic pick and best director award usually "predict" the same result from Oscar voters. And since this year’s Oscars are now only three weeks away (a month earlier than last year) this year’s Golden Globes’ influence on Academy members may be even greater.

At last night’s 61st edition of the Golden Globe Lord of the Rings was the big-news winner, especially in light of the fact that the film’s presumed main competition, Cold Mountain, did not fare that well. Lord won best drama picture and best director for Kiwi Peter Jackson. AKA, the helmer-most-in-need-of-a-comb Jackson said of the award: “I never realized that seven years on this movie would end up turning me into a Hobbit. To all of the actors, our magical cast, you just gave so much to the movies and equally importantly you made it so much fun to work on.” Lord also won for best score and best original song.

For its part, Cold Mountain managed one award, for Renee Zellweger as best supporting actress. The year’s top-grossing film Finding Nemo got no awards, once again proving that Golden Globe voters–the 90-plus members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc.–aren’t partial to animated fare.

The Globes telecast aired two days before Tuesday morning’s announcement of the Oscar nominations. The Oscar ceremony is set for Feb. 29.