'Chicago' and its stars glitter in Golden Globes
'The Hours,' Nicholson, Kidman also score
(CNN) -- "Chicago," a film about star-struck dolls and the guys in their lives, shouldered three honors Sunday night in the Golden Globe Awards, winning best actress and actor awards, plus plaudits for best musical.
And, in what may be a hint at Oscar honors to come, "The Hours," a film about three generations of women influenced by the writer Virginia Woolf, was named best drama. Martin Scorsese won best director award, and Jack Nicholson and Nicole Kidman were honored for their roles in a drama.
In "Chicago," Renee Zellweger, who starred as a showgirl who would do anything for a break, and Richard Gere, who portrayed a slick-as-an-onion lawyer who might break anything to win, each won Golden Globes as best actress and actor in a musical or comedy.
"I'm totally shocked," said Gere, speaking to a smiling audience in Hollywood at the Globes' 60th annual ceremony. "I never win anything. And I didn't even want to do this movie!"
The film, an adaptation of a Broadway hit, had eight Golden Globe nominations and beat out four other films, including the blockbuster "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," to win top honors as a musical or comedy.
Another superlative went to "The Hours" when Kidman, one of three women featured in the film, took the award for best actress in a drama.
In winning the top drama award, "The Hours" nosed past four strong contenders -- "About Schmidt," "Gangs of New York," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "The Pianist."
Yet "Gangs" was not shut out. Its director, Scorsese, won the best director award, winning over Rob Marshall, ("Chicago") Stephen Daldry ("The Hours"), Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"), Spike Jonze ("Adaptation") and Alexander Payne ("About Schmidt").
Nor did "About Schmidt" go unrecognized. Nicholson, who portrayed a befuddled Everyman, a widower on a road trip to prevent his daughter's wedding, was the winning actor in a drama for his role in the film.
"I know the evening is getting short," he said. "I took a Valium tonight, so ... thank you all very much."
Also, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper, two stars of "Adaptation," a film about a struggle to turn a book into a movie screenplay, won best supporting actress and actor plaudits during the three-hour ceremony, which began at 8 p.m. EST.
Looking stunned and pleased, Streep said she hadn't won an award "since the Pleistocene era."
Small screen's big winners
Jennifer Aniston, a TV mainstay on "Friends," was recognized for her work with a Golden Globes Award for best actress in a musical or comedy TV series. Aniston faltered for words, then thanked the show's "brilliant" writers. "Please," she said, "don't stop being brilliant."
Tony Shalhoub was honored as best actor in a musical or comedy TV series for his title role in "Monk." Shalhoub, married to actress Brooke Adams, finished with a global thanks: "God bless the planet earth."
Michael Chiklis, star of the TV cop drama "The Shield," won best actor in a drama. "This has been a magic carpet ride," Chiklis declared as he accepted the award.
"The Shield" also won best drama series, besting such noted shows as "The Sopranos" and "The West Wing."
HBO fared well, even if its mob drama didn't kill 'em this year.
Edie Falco, who plays the perpetually worried wife of crime boss Tony Soprano, won best actress in a TV drama series for her role in "The Sopranos."
"The Gathering Storm," an HBO series centering on Winston and Clementine Churchill and the events leading up to World War II, scored as best miniseries or movie made for television. Another HBO show, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," was named best musical or comedy series.
Kim Cattrall won best supporting actress for a series, miniseries or TV motion picture for her role in HBO's "Sex and the City." She portrays a woman who has frequent lovers and infrequent regrets.
"You have no idea how many men I've had to sleep with to get this award," she joked to an appreciative crowd.
Donald Sutherland, who starred as President Johnson's adviser in the Vietnam War drama "Path to War," won best supporting actor for a role in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for TV.
"I was given this only because I am older than you are," said Sutherland, speaking to seven other contenders for the award. "And I think that's perfectly fair."
The ceremony also honored Gene Hackman with its Cecil B. DeMille Award, which recognizes a lifetime's work. Hackman, 72, a three-time Golden Globe winner, appeared momentarily at a loss for words.
He recalled his childhood, when 40 cents bought a streetcar ride, a bag of popcorn and a double-feature at the Saturday matinees. There, he said, a young Gene Hackman swung on vines with Tarzan, saddled up on cowboy posses and searched the seas for treasure.
"I never wanted to be anything but an actor," he said.
The Globes, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are a really big show, encompassing 11 television categories as well as 13 motion picture categories.
They are considered something of a crystal ball, a predictor of what movies will grab an Oscar later this year.
Consider last year's big Oscar winner, "A Beautiful Mind." Before it grabbed that distinctive statuette, the movie, a tale of a brilliant mathematician beset by mental-health woes, took home the Globes' award for best drama.
That film, and six more of the last 10 best picture Oscar winners, had previously won Golden Globes for best drama before getting the Oscar. An eighth best picture, "Shakespeare in Love," won a Globe for best comedy-musical. (The Globes divide dramas and comedy-musicals into separate categories for picture and acting.)
By that standard, remember these names: Gere. Zellweger. Nicholson. Kidman. Scorsese. And Oscar.