General Electric Co. might have had DreamWorks snatched out of its grasp at the last minute, but the conglomerate's two movie divisions, Universal Pictures and Focus Features, bested their corporate rivals Tuesday in scooping up the most Golden Globe nominations, 22, for the widest array of pictures.
With kudos raining down on "Brokeback Mountain," "The Producers," Rachel Weisz, Russell Crowe and Steven Spielberg, the bounty suggests that big business hasn't yet managed to kill off all intelligence in Hollywood. The films honored have ranged from the political ("Munich," "The Constant Gardener") to the culturally risky ("Brokeback Mountain") to the entertaining ("Pride & Prejudice," "King Kong").
"What I'm really proud of is really the diverse and eclectic range of movies that we have," said Universal Chairwoman Stacey Snider, who supervises both divisions. "We try not to see what other people are doing and say, 'Ooooh, let's do that.' We try to follow an organic approach and feel for the marketplace."
Three of Universal's most ambitious projects -- "Munich," "Cinderella Man" and "King Kong" -- received multiple nominations, but not in the all-important best picture category. Still, "The Producers" landed that gold ring, as well as acting nominations for two of its headliners, Nathan Lane and Will Ferrell. The general adulation and the arrival of Peter Jackson's "King Kong," widely expected to be a box office juggernaut, is also a boon to the studio, which ranks as one of the most popular places to work in Hollywood.