BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Diane Keaton as an older woman in love in “Something’s Gotta Give” and Bill Murray as an aging actor in a platonic romance with a younger woman in “Lost in Translation” collected Golden Globes Sunday for lead comedy performances.

“Getting to play a woman to love at 57 is like reaching for the stars with a step ladder. I know I got lucky,” said Keaton.

Murray thanked “Lost in Translation” writer-director Sofia Coppola and went on to dryly mock Hollywood award speeches, declaring he had fired all his agents and representatives and had no one else to thank.

He also poked fun at the convention 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 collected the best screenplay trophy, and thanked her father – “The Godfather” director and co-writer Francis Ford Coppola, calling him “a great screenwriting teacher.”

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

Tim Robbins and Renee Zellweger collected supporting movie performer honors.

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.”

Although the Globes are distributed by a relatively small group, about 90 journalists who cover entertainment for foreign-based media outlets, a winning spot on the nationally televised NBC ceremony is highly coveted.

Many actors and filmmakers use the Globes as a way to pique audience interest in their films and build momentum for the more prestigious Academy Awards, which are voted on by about 5,700 industry figures.

The Globes have a history of honoring future Oscar winners, including “Titanic,” “American Beauty” and “Gladiator.” A win often bodes well for performers, too, with previous Globe winners including Hilary Swank for “Boys Don’t Cry,” Julia Roberts for “Erin Brockovich” and Jack Nicholson for “As Good as It Gets.”

Besides winning best TV movie or miniseries, “Angels in America” won three performing awards. Co-star Meryl Streep was picked best TV movie actress and Jeffrey Wright supporting TV actor, while Mary-Louise Parker won TV supporting actress.

Streep, who was previously onstage to present the award to Robbins, accepted her trophy with a blushing remark: “I just realized you can see completely though my dress.”

Among the nominees Wright beat out for supporting TV actor: his “Angels in America” co-stars Ben Shenkman and Patrick Wilson. “I share this with you,” he told them from the stage. “But I’ll keep it at my house.”

Anthony LaPaglia won best drama series actor for the CBS crime show “Without a Trace,” while Frances Conroy claimed the drama actress award for the HBO funeral-home show “Six Feet Under.”

Sarah Jessica Parker won best comedy series actress for “Sex and the City,” which is in its last season on HBO, and Fox’s real-time thriller “24” won best drama series.

BBC America’s “The Office,” which stars co-creator Ricky Gervais as an annoying boss at a British paper merchant, defeated “Arrested Development,” “Monk,” “Sex and the City” and “Will & Grace” for best comedy show. The critically lauded “The Office” is being developed into an American version.

“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.”

The Globes event came just two days before Tuesday morning’s announcement of the Oscar nominations. The Oscar ceremony is set for Feb. 29, about three weeks earlier than previous years.


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