New Hampshire Primary

Bang-up start to award season

Loosey goosey speeches - Mary Louise Parker thanking her newborn son for making her low-cut dress work - overdressed stars, prizes for The Lord of the Rings, Mystic River, Lost in Translation and Fox TV's 24 and HBO's Angels in America, for which Parker won her trophy. And a lot of plugs for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Welcome to the 2004 Golden Globes, the New Hampshire Primary of the movie awards season. Like New Hampshire, the Globes, awarded last night in Beverly Hills, Calif., are a quirky and unrepresentative poll of the best movies and TV shows of the previous year. Like New Hampshire, they're a ritual of the awards season, one that the stars and studios suffer...