Robert Downey Jr. Nominated for Golden Globe 

Robert Downey Jr. Nominated for Golden Globe 
Posted by FoM on December 21, 2000 at 16:22:55 PT
By Anthony Breznican, AP Entertainment Writer
Source: Sacramento Bee
Robert Downey Jr.'s first post-prison performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination Thursday, but he may not be free to accept if he wins. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the awards, recognized Downey, 35, for his role as Calista Flockhart's wisecracking boyfriend on the Fox series "Ally McBeal."Next week, however, he faces arraignment on two felony counts of drug possession and a misdemeanor for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
If convicted, the actor could be sentenced to a maximum of six years in state prison on the felonies and a year in a Riverside County jail on the misdemeanor.Downey released a short statement through his publicist thanking his co-star Flockhart and show producer David E. Kelley, director Bill D'Elia, and co-producer Pamela J. Wisne."I'd like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Flockhart, Kelley, Wisne and D'Elia, which incidentally is not a law firm. I congratulate all of my fellow nominees," the statement read."Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer, who has past convictions for drunk driving and cocaine possession, said Downey needs the support of the entertainment industry."I can't speak for Robert, he's got his own problems," said Grammer, who announced some of the nominations Thursday. "But in this industry, talent is what people honor."Ellen Burstyn, a best actress nominee for playing a diet-pill addict in the film "Requiem for a Dream," said she is saddened by Downey's troubles."He is a talented young man and I hope he gets some help," she said. "He seems to have people who want to help him."Director Curtis Hanson -- nominated for the comedy "Wonder Boys," which co-starred Downey -- said Downey illustrates the perils of hardcore drug use."The price he has paid both personally and professionally speaks to how serious his problem is," Hanson said.Downey's legal woes date to June 1996 when he was stopped for speeding and authorities found cocaine, heroin and a pistol in his vehicle.A month later he was found passed out inside a neighbor's home. Three days later, he was arrested for leaving a recovery center.He then spent a year in jail for missing scheduled drug tests. Just four months after his release, he was arrested again on Nov. 25 for possessing cocaine and methamphetamine.Complete Title: Robert Downey Jr. Nominated for Golden Globe in Midst of Drug WoesSource: Sacramento Bee (CA)Author: Anthony Breznican, AP Entertainment WriterPublished: December 21, 2000Copyright: 2000 The Sacramento BeeAddress: P.O.Box 15779, Sacramento, CA 95852Contact: opinion sacbee.comWebsite: Articles - Robert Downey Jr.
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Comment #1 posted by Smokeless in Seattle on December 26, 2000 at 07:54:41 PT
Hollywood, but I wouldn't...
Just keep throwing the guy in jail, right? Does a lot of good. You'll be reading this guy's obituary soon. Mr. Downey is his own worst enemy - he's already got the death sentence, now it remains for him to carry it out. Or get a repreive, in the form of treatment. Stay tuned kids. Too bad your average citizen can't get nominated for an award when arrested and convicted.SiS
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