‘Schindler’ tops Globe nominations
By Donna Parker and Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter
December 24, 1993
LOS ANGELES – The Hollywood foreign press awarded six Golden Globe nominations each to Steven Spielberg’s “Schmdler’s
List” and Jane Campion’s “The Piano,” setting up what is likely to be the most important head-tohead competition of the season leading up to the Academy Awards.
In addition, Columbia Pictures’ “The Remains of the Day” earned five Golden Globe nominations at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association‘s announcement of the 51st annual awards.
In television, ABC edged out the other two networks with 16 nominations to 14 for CBS and NBC.
HBO received 7 nominations.
Universal’* “Schindler’s List” and Miramax’s “The Piano” – the films that have been r u n n i ng neckand-neck in year-end voting by film critics organizations – will face off against each other in the best picture, best original screenplay and best director categories.
For “Schindler’s List.” Spielberg earned a director’s nomination, Steven Zalhan a screenplay nomination, lead actor Liam Nceson a best actor nomination for his portrayal of Oskar Schindler, and Ralph Fiennes a supporting nomination for his portrayal of the cruel Nazi commandant Amon Goeth.
Campion got the nomination for helming “The Piano,” which also earned Anna Paquin a best supporting actress nomination and a scoring nom for Michael Nyman.
Holly Hunter’s wordless performance in “The Piano.” already a clear favorite among the critics groups, earned her a best actress – drama nomination. She was also acknowledged for her work in the TV movie “The Positively True
Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom.”
“Schindler’s List” earned best picture awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics as well as the National Board of Review’s annual D.W. Griffith Award.
However, the awards touched off a barrage of complaints in that producer-director Spielberg was largely “ignored” for his directorial efforts on the picture Among the critics was the New York Post’s Michael Medved, who criticized the New
York Film Critics for “robbing” Spielberg of a well-deserved pnze.
Campion’s Golden Globe best director nomination adds more recognition for her work on the film, having won both Los Angeles and New York Film Critics’ directing honors.
“Remains of the Day,” which tells the story of an emotionally repressed butler and his affection for a co-worker, earned a best motion picture – drama nom, a best actor nomination for Anthony Hopkins, a best actress – drama nom for
Emma Thompson, a best screenplay nomination for Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and a best director nom for James Ivory.
Ivory, Prawer Jhabvala and Thompson were all nominated last year for “Howards End,” with Thompson going on to win the best actress honor.
Also receiving noms in the best picture – drama category were Universal^ “In the Name of the Father” and Columbia’s “The Age of Innocence,” with each getting four noms. Martin Scorsese, who directed “The Age of Innocence,” earned a director’s nomination, as did Andrew Davis for his work on the Warner Bros, actioner “The Fugitive.”
“The Fugitive” star Harrison Ford took a best actor – drama nomination, as did Daniel Day Lewis for “In the Name of the Father.”
TriStar Pictures‘ “Sleepless in Seattle” secured a best picture – comedy or musical nomination and its stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan took best actor – comedy and best actress – comedy nominations, respectively.
Hanks’ other nomination was for his portrayal of an AIDS-stricken attorney in TriStar’s “Philadelphia.”
20th Century Fox’s “Mrs. Doubtfire” secured a best picture – comedy nom and Robin Williams’ portrayal of a separated father who dresses as a nanny to see his kids earned him a best actor – comedy nomination as well.
The foreign scribes singled out two new TV series, ABC’s “NYPD Blue,” which received three, nominations including best drama series, and NBC’s “Frasier,” which also received three nominations including best musical or comedy series.
While no new series from CBS got any nominations, the network did receive three for its highly touted TV movie “Gypsy” including a best actress nomination for Bette Midler.
The TV movie, which aired earlier this month, is planned for a theatrical release overseas.
There were two surprises in the television nominations.
One was that foreign actors did not dominate as they have frequently in previous years.
Also, perennial nominee Angela Lansbury of CBS’ “Murder, She Wrote” was not nominated.
In another TV category, cable films took a slight edge but did not dominate as they did at the Emmy Awards.
HBO’s AIDS drama “And the Band Played On” and high-finance comedy melodrama “Barbarians at the Gate” received nominations along with the Disney Channel’s “Heidi.”
Returning series that received multiple nominations included CBS’ “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” NBC’s “Law and Order,”
CBS’ “Northern Exposure” and “Picket Fences,” ABC’s “Coach,” “Home Improvement” and “Roseannc,” and NBC’s “Seinfeld.”
“Northern Exposure” has won the award for best TV series – drama the last two years in a row.
Roseanne Arnold, who was nominated for best actress – comedy series, won the award last year, as did the series for best comedy.
While last year’s best drama and comedy film winners – “Scent of a Woman” and “The Player” – failed in the Oscar derby, the Foreign Press Association’s acting picks – Thompson as best actress, Al Pacino as best actor and Gene
Hackman as best supporting actor – did go on to win Oscars.
The Golden Globes will be handed out Jan. 22.