`A Beautiful Mind' leads contenders for broadcast awards; 'Rings' also draws nods


Tuesday, December 18th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ``A Beautiful Mind,'' starring Russell Crowe as schizophrenic math genius John Nash, led nominees for the Broadcast Film Critics Association awards, receiving five nods, including one for best picture.

``The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' earned a best-picture nomination and three others on Tuesday.

Other best-picture nominees: ``Ali,'' ``In the Bedroom,'' ``The Man Who Wasn't There,'' ``Memento,'' ``Moulin Rouge,'' ``Mulholland Drive,'' ``The Shipping News'' and ``Shrek.''

Nominees in other key categories:

Best actor: Crowe, ``A Beautiful Mind''; Sean Penn, ``I Am Sam''; Will Smith, ``Ali.''

Best actress: Nicole Kidman, ``Moulin Rouge''; Sissy Spacek, ``In the Bedroom''; Renee Zellweger, ``Bridget Jones's Diary.''

Best-supporting actor: Jim Broadbent, ``Iris''; Ben Kingsley, ``Sexy Beast''; Jon Voight, ``Ali.''

Best-supporting actress: Jennifer Connelly, ``A Beautiful Mind''; Cameron Diaz, ``Vanilla Sky''; Marisa Tomei, ``In the Bedroom.''

Best-acting ensemble: ``Gosford Park,'' ``Ocean's Eleven,'' ``The Royal Tenenbaums.''

Best director: Ron Howard, ``A Beautiful Mind''; Peter Jackson, ``The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring''; Baz Luhrmann, ``Moulin Rouge.''

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony Jan. 11.

The broadcast critics group includes 160 TV, radio and online reviewers.