Columbia has a special connection to the 2003 Golden Globe Awards, as professors and alumni from SOA, Columbia College and Law School are directly involved with several of the leading Golden Globe nominated films:
- Jeff Sharp (SOA'01) produced "Nicholas Nickleby," nominated for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
- Maggie Gyllenhaal (CC'99) was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her work in "Secretary"
- Bill Condon (CC'76), screenwriter of "Chicago," was nominated for Best Screenplay.
- Michael Lynne (Law'64) and Robert Shaye (Law'64) are the co-chairs of New Line Cinema, which produced and distributed "About Schmidt" and "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers." Among their nominations, both films are up for Best Motion Picture Drama.
- Film professor Michael Hausman produced "Gangs of New York," nominated for five awards, including Best Motion Picture Drama. Hausman previously produced "The People vs. Larry Flint" and was the executive producer of "Amadeus" and "Ragtime," each directed by film professor emeritus Milos Foreman. Hausman also was the executive producer of "The Firm."
- Film professor Mira Nair directed the HBO feature film "Hysterical Blindess." Under her direction, Uma Thurman and Gena Rowlands were nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. In 2002 Nair's film "Monsoon Wedding" was nominated for a Golden Globe, and in 1988 her "Salaam Bombay!" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
- Film professor James Schamus is the co-president of Focus Features, which distributed Best Motion Picture Drama nominee "The Pianist." Schamus was the executive producer and screenwriter of the Academy Award winning "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon." He received two Oscar nominations for the film, as screenwriter and lyricist.
- Recent writing professor Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize winning novel "The Hours" is the basis for the film of the same title. The movie received seven Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture Drama.
The awards will be presented on Sunday, January 19.