By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated January 20, 2003 11:33 AM

Even before its big win at Sunday’s Golden Globes, “Chicago” had a pretty good weekend, topping the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Awards on Friday night.

The musical, based on the 1975 Bob Fosse stage show, was selected as best picture, best acting ensemble and best supporting actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones).

At the Globes, “Chicago” was named best musical or comedy picture, and its stars, Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger, won for leading roles in a musical. (Zeta-Jones was placed in the same leading category as Zellweger at the Globes.)

The Broadcast Film Critics Association calls itself the largest film critics’ organization in North America, representing 186 TV, radio and online reviewers, and the party was loose and informal.

The black comedy “Adaptation,” with Nicolas Cage playing twin screenwriters, took best screenplay honors (the Globe in that category went to “About Schmidt”), and the best supporting actor prize went to that same movie’s Chris Cooper, who also won a Globe for the role.

Julianne Moore won best actress honors for “Far from Heaven,” a serious send-up of those melodramatic Ross Hunter potboilers of the ’50s and a movie completely overlooked at the Globes.

The high point of the critics’ gathering was the tie for the best actor award, which was shared by Daniel Day-Lewis (“Gangs of New York”) and Jack Nicholson (“About Schmidt”) — the latter of whom brought the category’s other nominee, Robin Williams (“One Hour Photo”), to the stage with him.

“I’d like to thank the broadcast critics for honoring Robin,” said Nicholson, 65.

“Yeah,” interjected Williams, 50. “Thanks for nothing.”