Russell Crowe's character in A Beautiful Mind must have had the Directors Guild of America awards mind when he said that he needs to believe something extraordinary is possible.
The DGA presented Ron Howard with the 2001 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film on Saturday at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
Howard, the only American nominated for best director, was up against New Zealander Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings), Australian Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) and two Britons, Christopher Nolan (Memento) and Ridley Scott (Black Hawk Down).
The award comes two weeks before the Oscars and is often seen as a barometer for who will win the Academy Award for Best Director. All but five DGA Award winners have gone on to win the coveted Oscar in the last 54 years.
Last year, Ang Lee was DGA winner for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but Steven Soderbergh took home the Oscar for Traffic.
Howard, a former child star remembered by most as Richie Cunningham in the 1970s sitcom Happy Days, hadn't prepared a speech because he didn't think he was going to win. He acknowledged his competition at the awards dinner, calling them "a tough selection."
"The effectiveness of Beautiful Mind cannot be separated from the effectiveness and power of Russell Crowe's performance," he told Reuters.
A Beautiful Mind is based on the true story of Nobel laureate John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematics professor who struggled to overcome schizophrenia. The film has received eight Oscar nods, including Best Actor for Crowe and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Connelly.
Actor Sean Hayes, who plays Jack McFarland on the hit NBC sitcom Will & Grace, is being called a hero for helping a bleeding robbery victim in Los Angeles on Friday, Reuters reports.
Hayes was driving through a Los Angeles suburb at around 9:30 on Friday night when he noticed a man lying on the ground. Hayes stopped his car and approached the man, Courtney Cunningham, who was bleeding from the leg. Hayes then reportedly took off his shirt and used it to apply pressure on the wound until an ambulance and the police arrived.
Hayes' publicist Michelle Bega said the actor did not want to make a big fuss about the situation.
Los Angeles police have confirmed that a man by the name of Courtney Cunningham, 33, was shot outside of his home on Friday night following a robbery attempt. Cunningham had apparently been working on his car in his driveway when two men approached him. They demanded the car keys and Cunningham was subsequently shot in the ensuing scuffle. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Hayes, 31, won an Emmy last year for his role as a gay character on Will & Grace, and was nominated again this year for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy.
Looks like Dylan McDermott has had enough of playing good guys.
"The Practice" star is in talks to star opposite Jennifer Lopez in the thriller "Enough," Daily Variety says.
In the film, McDermott would play an abusive husband who pursues Lopez to the bitter end.
PILLOW TALK: Emmy winner Allison Janney will join Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore in the drama "The Hour," Variety columnist Michael Fleming says. The film is based on Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which is an homage to writer Virginia Woolf.
Janney will play Streep character's lesbian lover. Also joining the cast are Claire Danes and Ed Harris.
A 'ONE' AND A TWO: Jet Li's going to have company for his next project. Variety reports that Delroy Lindo ("Gone in 60 Seconds") and Jason Statham ("Snatch") will join the martial arts guru in the sci-fi actioner "The One."
Statham and Lindo will play cops who patrols the border between different universes. Li will play a space renegade bent on crashing their planet.
LOOKING FOR 'GOD': Funnyman Billy Connolly will join Judy Davis in the flick "The Man Who Sued God," Variety says. Connolly will play a fisherman who tries to sue God when his boat is struck by lightning.
THE OTHER SEX: Last but not least, "Murphy Brown" creator Diane English will direct "The Women" -- a remake of the 1939 George Cukor flick about the relationships among a coterie of high-society women, Variety reports.
Nora (Olympia Dukakis) is bonkers enough to jackhammer tunnels beneath her suburban home while her three adults daughters (Deborah Hedwall Catherine Corpeny and Wendy Hoopes) are only marginally more stable. Then patriarch Tom (Roy Scheider) shows up after a 15-year absence with wild ideas about fortifying the homestead against attacks from the world's unfortunate. Who will triumph in the resulting battle for family domination?
Dukakis ("Moonstruck") is always a joy to see digging into a role as idiosyncratic as this one but even she starts to look a little foolish as the storyline grows increasingly ridiculous in the second half. The other members of the ensemble suffer more grievously from the uneven script though Hedwell (NBCs "Law and Order") gets in some good licks as a hard-bitten public defender prone to shouting her opinions. Veteran character actor Edward Herrmann ("Richie Rich") gives delightful deadpan as Nora's morose priest brother.
Adapted from George F. Walker's stage play Max Mayer's well-meaning debut feature generates some amusingly unpredictable moments early on. But things go horribly wrong when Tom arrives with his scheme to remake the family as a disciplined home-defense unit. The idea of the characters building a barricade around their house isn't believable for a second - worse it isn't funny. Inhabiting an uncomfortable area between drama and black comedy the piece disintegrates into a series of embarrassingly ineffective episodes.
A group of British actors promoting their upcoming indie movie at the Cannes Film Festival and the reporters they attracted were ejected from a private beach Tuesday when the actors' promotional stunt upset vacationers there, the BBC reported. As part of the stunt, the actors -- who portray members of an actual '80s English rock group, The Happy Mondays, in the movie 24 Hour Party People -- splattered themselves with fake blood as they attacked one another with stuffed prop pigeons on the beach in front of the ritzy Majestic Hotel. Danny Cunningham, who plays Happy Mondays' lead singer Shaun Ryder in the movie, told the BBC afterwards, "I think Shaun would have been proud of us. ... We came to Cannes to be wild and now we are going home."