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Golden Globes pass on 'Bury My Heart.'

By Babette Herrmann -- Today correspondent

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The 65th annual Golden Globe Awards show, held Jan. 13, was missing the ''gala'' part of the event - devoid of Hollywood actors bejeweled and dressed in elegant gowns and tuxedos ready to that time-honored stroll down the red carpet.

Jorge Camara, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, said the organization was ''placed in an extremely difficult position with the ongoing Writers Guild strike.''

So instead of putting actors and filmmakers in the compromising position of having to cross the picket line, the normally three-hour televised event was scaled down to a half-hour at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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Saulteaux actor Adam Beach could have been one of those lucky few to make the red carpet walk. He was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his role as Lakota physician Charles Eastman in the HBO film ''Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.'' He did not, however, go home with an award.

Anna Paquin, who played Eastman's wife, Elaine Goodale Eastman, in ''Bury My Heart,'' received a nod for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. The film also was nominated for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture, but was trumped by another HBO film, ''Longford.''

Based on the classic 1970 book of the same name by Dee Brown, ''Bury My Heart'' chronicles the life of Eastman, who in his youth was carted off to the Carlisle Indian School and assimilated into white culture, while examining the tension that unfolded between whites and the Lakota as the latter were forced onto reservations. In September, the film garnered five Creative Arts Emmy Awards for makeup, editing, sound editing and mixing, and cinematography.

Beach began his acting career in the early 1990s and has been featured in more than 50 films, television series and mini-series. In the new CBS mini-series ''Comanche Moon,'' a prequel to ''Lonesome Dove'' that debuted Jan. 13, he plays Blue Duck, the son of the great Comanche war chief Buffalo Hump.