SHIRLEY MACLAINE and RICHARD PRYOR received lifetime achievement awards for their wit
BILLY CRYSTAL‘S way with the national funny boneÂ took the creative achievement award.
Seinfeld of “Seinfeld” wasÂ recognized as funniest actor,Â the show’s JULIA LOUIS DREYFUS, won funniestÂ supporting actress, and fellow actor JASON ALEXANDER took
funniestÂ supporting actor in the TVÂ series category.
T he s e v e n t h – a n n u alÂ awards show will airÂ Wednesday on ABC-TV.
The country’s comic talentÂ was honored among 14 categories covering everythingÂ from stand-up comedy toÂ movies and cable television.
George Schlatter, an independent producer who stages the award ceremony, solicited nominations from more than 4,000 members ofÂ the entertainment industry, from booking agents ‘toÂ comedy clubs. Ballots listing final nominees were sentÂ to more than 1,000 comedy performers nationwide.
â€¢ Funniest actress in a television series, lead: ROSEANNE ARNOLD for “Roseanne”on ABC.
â€¢ Actress in a TV special: BETTE MIDLER, “2nd toÂ the Last Tonight Show” on NBC.
â€¢ Actor in a TV special: BILLY CRYSTAL, “The 64thÂ Annual Academy Awards Presentation” on ABC.
â€¢Â Actress in a motion picture, lead: WHOOPI GOLDBERG, “Sister Act”
â€¢ Actor in a motion picture, lead: JOE PESO, “MyÂ Cousin Vinny.”
â€¢ Supporting actress in a motion picture: KATHYÂ NAJIMYv “Sister Act”
â€¢ Supporting actor in a motion picture: TOMÂ HANKS. “A League of Their Own.”