Satellites orbit USA’s ‘Traffic,’ ‘Betty’

'Crouching Tiger,' 'Chicken Run' also take home prizes

USA Films dominated the night as its “Traffic” and “Nurse Betty” took home kudos for best motion picture in drama and comedy-musical categories, respectively, at the Intl. Press Academy’s fifth annual Golden Satellite Awards at the BevHills Hotel Sunday night.

“Traffic” drove home dual wins, as Steven Soderbergh garnered a best director nod.

“Betty” took two top awards as well, as Renee Zellweger took actress in a comedy-musical honors.

Sony Classics’ “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” won for foreign language film, while DreamWorks’ “Chicken Run” took the animated feature prize.

Leading dramatic acting honors were bestowed upon Ellen Burstyn, for Artisan’s “Requiem for a Dream,” and Geoffrey Rush, for “Quills.”

Tied for award

Jennifer Ehle and Rosemary Harris split the kudos for actress in a supporting role for Par Classics/Alliance Atlantis’ “Sunshine,” while Bruce Greenwood took actor in a supporting role for New Line’s “Thirteen Days.”

In the comedy-musical categories, Michael Douglas won best actor for Par’s “Wonder Boys,” Kate Hudson took supporting actress for DreamWorks’ “Almost Famous” and Willem Dafoe won the supporting actor nod for Lions Gate’s “Shadow of the Vampire.”

Kenneth Lonergan banned original screenplay kudos for “You Can Count on Me,” while Doug Wright won the adapted screenplay award for “Quills.”

Top TV drama honors went to NBC’s “The West Wing,” which won best television series while Allison Janney took the actress nod. Tim Daly ran away with the award for actor in a drama for CBS’ “The Fugitive.”

HBO’s “Sex and the City” sizzled as best comedy-musical TV series. Lisa Kudrow took the comedic actress nod for NBC’s “Friends,” and Frankie Muniz nailed the comedic actor prize for Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle.”