The Hours movie poster

In an impressive one-two punch, Nicole Kidman won the Golden Globes for Best Actress, Drama for The Hours, just a year after besting the corresponding Comedy/Musical category with her performance in Moulin Rouge!. Never mind Kidman was almost unrecognizable under a prosthetic nose and other makeup effects in the role of novelist Virginia Woolf: she was the actress of the moment. The film, directed by Stephen Daldry, won two Globes: Best Picture – Drama and Best Actress for Kidman. The plot focuses on three women of different generations whose lives are interconnected by Woolf's novel Mrs. Dalloway. They are Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep), a New Yorker in 2001; Laura Brown (Julianne Moore), a pregnant 1950s California housewife; and Virginia Woolf herself (Kidman) in 1920s England, struggling with depression and mental illness while trying to write her novel.

At the Globes, Kidman prevailed over co-star Meryl Streep, also nominated as Best Actress for the same movie. Streep, however, won the Globe for Best Supporting Actress for another film she was in: Adaptation. The other nominees for Best Actress, Drama were Salma Hayek with Frida, Diane Lane (Unfaithful) and Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven).

At the 60th Golden Globe Awards, held on January 19, 2003, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, The Hours triumphed over Gangs of New York, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Pianist, About Schmidt (for which Jack Nicholson won the Globe as Best Actor – Drama). Director Stephen Daldry was nominated, but Martin Scorsese won the Globe for directing Gangs of New York.

Accepting her second award in a row, Kidman said: “Thank you so much HFPA, I'm still shocked a little bit.” She then went on thanking a roster of Hollywood players, from Scott Rudin to Harvey Weinstein, the film's co-producer with his now-defunct Miramax. Those were very good times for Weinstein... Kidman said she loved wearing the prosthetic nose and wore it in private too (it was at the time of her divorce from Tom Cruise), a good device to evade the paparazzi, unable to recognize her).