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BetteBack January 20, 1992: Bette Midler Takes Best Actress Comedy/Musical For “For The Boys At The Golden Globes

Galveston Daily News
‘Beauty and the Beast’ wins 3 Golden Globes
January 20, 1992

BEVERLY HELLS, Calif. — Disney hopes three Golden Globe awards for the animated film “Beauty and the Beast” will boost its chances for an Academy Award later this year.

The movie won for best musical or comedy film, song and original score at Saturday night’s 49th Golden Globes, the kickoff of Hollywood’s award season. Disney has been campaigning for the film to be nominated as best picture for an Oscar. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has never before so recognized an animated film.

The Golden Globes gave a shot in the arm to “Bugsy,” the mob movie starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, whose off-screen union produced a baby girl, born last week. In accepting “Bugsy’s” award for best drama, Beatty paid tribute to Miss Bening.

“For me, she has the greatest knack for bringing things to life,” he said.

The Golden Globes are awarded by votes of the 86 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The awards, televised live on cable TV by the Turner Broadcasting System, have assumed a surprising importance in recent years.

Studios, hungry for endorsements, will now advertise “Golden Globe Winner” to bring their films to the attention of moviegoers and Oscar voters.

Other Golden Globes went to director Oliver Stone for “JFK,” actress Jodie Foster for “The Silence of the Lambs” and actor Nick Nolte for “The Prince of Tides.” Miss Foster and Nolte won for best dramatic performances.

Stone, in accepting the trophy for “JFK,” his controversial movie about President Kennedy’s assassination, said: “A terrible lie was told to us 28 years ago. I hope that this film can be the first step in righting that wrong.”

Bette Midler won for “For the Boys” and Robin Williams won for “The Fisher King” in the musical or comedy category.

Williams, in accepting his award, poked fun at President Bush’s recent Japanese trip, saying, “Thank you,” in Japanese and then batting his head against the microphone.

“Europa, Europa” from Germany got the foreign language film a ward.

Jack Palance won best supporting actor for “City Slickers” and Mercedes Ruehl got best supporting actress for “The Fisher King.”

CBS dominated the television categories with seven awards for shows and stars, led by best dramatic series winner “Northern Exposure.”

Other CBS winners were Candice Bergen for “Murphy Brown,” Burt Reynolds for “Evening Shade,” Angela Lansbury for “Murder, She Wrote,” the miniseries “One Against the Wind,” Judy Davis for “One Against the Wind” and the series “Brooklyn Bridge.”

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