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GLOBES CROWN A "KING'

Hobbits ruled the Golden Globes on Sunday as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won four trophies, including best dramatic film.

Lost in Translation, a story of two lonely Americans who find friendship in a Tokyo hotel, collected three awards, including best comedy film, best comedy actor for Bill Murray and best screenplay for Sofia Coppola, who wrote, produced and directed the film.

Rings master Peter Jackson was recognized as best director, and the film won two musical awards.

"I never realized that seven years on this movie would end up turning me into a Hobbit," Jackson said, referring to the shortish, big-footed magical characters in the J.R.R. Tolkien stories. "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."

Among TV nominees, HBO's six-hour adaptation of playwright Tony Kushner's Angels in America won five trophies, including best miniseries or TV movie.

But movies gathered most of the attention. Sean Penn collected best movie drama actor for playing an emotionally ravaged father seeking revenge for his daughter's murder in Mystic River, and Charlize Theron won the drama actress honor for Monster, the story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

Theron thanked writer-director Patty Jenkins for believing she could play the role: "There's only so much you can do, but if somebody doesn't give you a chance there is nothing you can do."

Murray thanked Coppola and went on to dryly mock Hollywood award speeches, declaring he had fired all his agents and representatives and had no one to thank.

He also poked fun at the idea that comedy performers are overshadowed by dramatic stars. "Too often we forget our brothers on the other side of the aisle: the dramatic actors," he said. "I'd just like to say: Where would our war, our miseries and our psychological traumas come from?"

Coppola, collecting the best screenplay trophy, thanked her father, The Godfather director and co-writer Francis Ford Coppola, calling him "a great screenwriting teacher."

Diane Keaton as an older woman in love in Something's Gotta Give collected a Golden Globe for lead actress comedy performance. "Getting to play a woman to love at 57 is like reaching for the stars with a step ladder. I know I got lucky," Keaton said.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association event is regarded by many in Hollywood as one of the year's biggest parties, but it's also a way to generate frontrunner buzz for the Oscars. The Globes are distributed by a relatively small group, about 90 journalists who cover entertainment for foreign-based media outlets.

Tim Robbins and Renee Zellweger collected supporting movie performer honors.

Robbins' supporting role as a grown child-abuse survivor suspected of murder in Mystic River earned him the first trophy of the evening. "Wow! We just sat down. The good thing about this coming early is that I get to drink now," Robbins joked.

Zellweger received the supporting movie actress award for playing a tough-as-bark backwoods woman in Cold Mountain. She previously won two lead comedy actress Golden Globes, for Nurse Betty in 2001 and last year for Chicago.

Angels in America also won four performing awards. Meryl Streep and Al Pacino were picked best TV movie lead performers, and supporting honors went to Jeffrey Wright and Mary-Louise Parker.

Among the nominees Wright beat: Angels in America co-stars Ben Shenkman and St. Petersburg native Patrick Wilson. "I share this with you," he told them from the stage. "But I'll keep it at my house."

BBC America's The Office, which stars co-creator Ricky Gervais as an annoying boss at a British paper merchant, was a surprise winner for best comedy show.

"I'm not from these parts," said Gervais, who later won best TV comedy actor. "I'm from a little place called England. . . . We used to run the world before you."

Peter Jackson, nominated for best director for each of The Lord of the Rings movies, won his only one Sunday.

Angels in America winners included, from left, Mary-Louise Parker, Al Pacino and Meryl Streep. Executive producer Cary Brokaw holds the best miniseries or TV movie trophy.

The winners

Winners of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Awards, presented Sunday night in Los Angeles:

MOTION PICTURES

Picture, Drama: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Picture, Musical or Comedy: Lost in Translation

Actress, Drama: Charlize Theron, Monster

Actor, Drama: Sean Penn, Mystic River

Actress, Musical or Comedy: Diane Keaton, Something's Gotta Give

Actor, Musical or Comedy: Bill Murray, Lost in Translation

Supporting Actress: Renee Zellweger, Cold Mountain

Supporting Actor: Tim Robbins, Mystic River

Foreign Language: Osama, Afghanistan

Director: Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Screenplay: Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

Original Score: Howard Shore, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Original Song: Into the West from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, by Howard Shore, Fran Walsh and Annie Lennox

TELEVISION

Drama Series: 24

Musical or Comedy Series: The Office, BBC America

Miniseries or Movie Made for Television: Angels in America, HBO

Actress, Drama: Frances Conroy, Six Feet Under

Actor, Drama: Anthony LaPaglia, Without a Trace

Actress, Musical or Comedy Series: Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City

Actor, Musical or Comedy Series: Ricky Gervais, The Office

Actress, Miniseries or Movie Made for Television: Meryl Streep, Angels in America

Actor, Miniseries or Movie Made for Television: Al Pacino, Angels in America

Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie Made for Television: Mary-Louise Parker, Angels in America

Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie Made for Television: Jeffrey Wright, Angels in America

_ ASSOCIATED PRESS

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