A Beautiful Mind, a movie about a genius mathematician starring Russell Crowe, passed the first major test of Hollywood's awards season on Sunday at the 2002 Golden Globe awards, taking four honours including best dramatic film. Crowe was named best actor in a leading role for his depiction of maths professor John Forbes Nash Jnr, whose brilliant mind succumbs to schizophrenia. The movie, directed by Ron Howard, explores the fine line between genius and insanity. Jennifer Connelly took the Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Nash's wife in A Beautiful Mind and writer Akiva Goldsman won the trophy for his screenplay, which has been praised for its sensitive portrayal of mental illness. The night's other major winner was musical Moulin Rouge, directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann. It claimed three trophies for best musical or comedy, best actress in a musical for Nicole Kidman and best original film score for Craig Armstrong. In Moulin Rouge, Kidman portrays singer Satine, who becomes involved in an ill-fated love affair with a struggling writer, played by Ewan McGregor. Taken together, the wins put A Beautiful Mind and Moulin Rouge clearly in the front-runners' position in the race to Hollywood's highest honours, the Oscars, which are awarded in March by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But when asked later about the Oscar race, producer Brian Grazer said he was 'too conservative to get into that head space', and Crowe said: 'I'm not thinking about that. I'm thinking about going to Trader Vic's and having a drink.' Trader Vic's is a bar at the Beverly Hills hotel where the ceremony was held. The Golden Globes, which are awarded by 90 voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, often give an indication of who might be in line for Oscars. The Globes, too, often prove to be raucous compared to the more staid Oscars, but while they had been billed as a return to normalcy in Hollywood after the September 11 attacks on America, the programme proved to be fairly routine. It even ended a few seconds early. 'It's kind of a minor miracle,' said actor Mel Gibson, who was on stage at the end of the show. The subdued tone extended to fun-loving Australian actors, actresses and directors, including Luhrmann, Crowe, Kidman, Rachel Griffiths who was named best supporting actress in television for drama Six Feet Under, and Judy Davis, who won a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV movie for Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows. The number of actors from Down Under winning awards prompted a question to Kidman about whether the Australians had thought of getting their own table. 'They wouldn't let us,' she said. 'We would have been too rowdy.' While Kidman has enjoyed tremendous success this year with Moulin Rouge and her mystery thriller The Others, for which she was nominated for best actress in a drama, she also went through a divorce with ex-husband Tom Cruise. 'In a weird way, the best of times and the worst of times always come together,' she said. 'It's 2002 now, and I'm looking forward to this year.' Veteran actor Gene Hackman took the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical for The Royal Tenenbaums, in which he plays the patriarch, Royal Tenenbaum, of a family of frustrated geniuses. Another veteran, Robert Altman, was named best director for his upstairs/downstairs comedy Gosford Park, and Sissy Spacek was named best actress in a drama for playing a grieving mother in In The Bedroom. She will also be an Oscar front-runner, having won several critics honours and now the Globe. In a surprise among the film awards, British actor Jim Broadbent claimed the honour of best supporting actor in Iris as John Bayley, the husband of British writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch, whom he nursed through Alzheimer's disease. While the spotlight shines predominantly on the movie categories because of the Oscar buzz they generate, the Golden Globes also honour favourite TV programmes and actors of the year, and those categories contained several surprises. HBO series Six Feet Under, about a family that owns a funeral home, was named best drama of the year, over highly acclaimed favourites The West Wing and The Sopranos. Kiefer Sutherland was picked best actor in a drama for 24, defeating, among others, Martin Sheen of The West Wing. Sheen's son, Charlie Sheen, won best actor in a comedy series in Spin City over Kelsey Grammer of Frasier and Eric McCormack of Will & Grace. HBO comedy Sex And The City, about four single women living in New York, was named favourite comedy, and one of its stars, Sarah Jessica Parker, won the Globe for best actress in a comedy. World War II drama Band Of Brothers, which was produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, was named best TV mini-series. The winners Picture - Drama: A Beautiful Mind Picture - Musical or Comedy: Moulin Rouge Actor in a Leading Role: Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind) Actor in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Gene Hackman (The Royal Tenenbaums) Actress in a Leading Role - Drama: Sissy Spacek (In The Bedroom) Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge) Actor in a Supporting Role: Jim Broadbent (Iris) Actress in a Supporting Role: Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) Director: Robert Altman (Gosford Park) Screenplay: A Beautiful Mind - Akiva Goldsman Foreign Film: No Man's Land - from Bosnia Cecile B DeMille Award (Lifetime Achievement): Harrison Ford Original Score: Moulin Rouge - Craig Armstrong Original Song: Until from Kate & Leopold - Sting Television Series - Drama: Six Feet Under Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Sex And The City Mini-Series or Television Movie: Band Of Brothers Actor in a Leading Role - Drama Series: Kieffer Sutherland (24) Actor in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Charlie Sheen (Spin City) Actor in a Leading Role - Mini-Series or Television Movie: James Franco (James Dean) Actress in a Leading Role - Drama Series: Jennifer Garner (Alias) Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex And The City) Actress in a Leading Role - Mini-Series or Television Movie: Judy Davis (Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows) Actor in a Supporting Role - Mini-Series or Television Drama: Stanley Tucci (Conspiracy) Actress in a Supporting Role - Mini-Series or Television Drama: Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) Dressed for success Not all the stars followed the more sombre, post-September 11 tone of the evening when it came to outfits. Pictured are some of the highlights. Clockwise from top: Cate Blanchett went East with her Oriental ensemble; television actress Cynthia Garrett took a patriotic stance; Heather Locklear cut things short; Kate Hudson took the plunge; and Andie McDowell saw red Coupling up Hollywood's power couples were also out in force on the red carpet. Above left: Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta; above right: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson; below: Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton; bottom: Jennifer Aniston and a bearded Brad Pitt.