January 7, 1988
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) A pair of comedies, “Broadcast Newsâ€ and “Moonstruck,â€ and a dramatic epic, “The Last Emperor,â€ were honored this week with five 1988 Golden Globe nominations each from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
However, the late John Hustonâ€™s last film, “The Dead,â€ named best picture of 1987 by the National Society of Film Critics, received no nominations in the awards race, often a harbinger of the Oscars.
Also unexpected was the best drama nomination for “La Bamba,â€ the film about the short life of 1950s rocker Ritchie Valens.
Three movies captured four nominations each â€” “Cry Freedom,â€ the story of black South African activist Steven Biko and white journalist Donald Woods; “Dirty Dancing,â€ about a girlâ€™s sexual awakening dunng a summer in the Catskills; and “Fatal Attraction,â€ the saga of a scorned woman who stalks the man who ditched her.
“Broadcast News,â€ set amid the pressures of a television newsroom, finds William Hurt and Albert Brooks vying for the attention of Holly Hunter.
“Moonstruckâ€ leaves Cher in the shadow of a full moon that changes her life as a widow and influences her struggles with family, fidelity and the foibles of the human heart.
“The Last Emperorâ€ chronicles the history of Pu Yi, proclaimed emperor of China in 1908 when he just 3 years old. He is powerless at the age of 6, banished in 1924 and named puppet ruler of invaded Manchuria in 1931. After a decade of indoctrination in Red China, Yi, played by John Lone, ends his life as a gardener in Beijing.
The Golden Globes, which also recognize television achievement will be handed out on Jan. 23 at the Beverly Hilton.
The associationâ€™s annual Cecil B. DeMille Award will be presented to Clint Eastwood for his outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry.
Unlike the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes honor dramas separately.
The nominations for the 45th awards include:
Motion Picture, Drama â€” “Cry Freedom,â€ “Empire of the Sun,â€ “Fatal Attraction,â€ “La Bamba,â€Â “The Last Emperorâ€ and “Nuts.â€
Motion Picture, Comedy-Musical “Baby Boom,â€ “Broadcast News,â€ “Dirty Dancing,â€ “Hope and Gloryâ€ and “Moonstruck.â€
Actor, Drama â€” Michael Douglas, “Wall Streetâ€; John Lone, “The Last Emperorâ€; Jack Nicholson, “Ironweedâ€; Nick Nolte, “Weedsâ€; and Denzel Washington, “Cry Freedom.â€
Actress, Drama â€” Glenn Close, “Fatal Attractionâ€; Faye Dunaway, “Barflyâ€; Sally Kirkland, “Annaâ€; Rachel Levin, “Gaby: A True Storyâ€; and Barbra Streisand, “Nuts.â€
Actor, Comedy-Musical â€” Nicolas Cage, “Moonstruckâ€; Danny DeVito, “Throw Momma From The Trainâ€; William Hurt, Broadcast Newsâ€; Steve Martin, “Roxanneâ€; Patrick Swayze, “Dirty Dancingâ€; and Robin Williams, “Good Morning
Actress, Comedy-Musical Cher, “Moonstruckâ€; Jennifer Grey, “Dirty Dancingâ€; Holly Hunter, “Broadcast Newsâ€; Diane Keaton, “Baby Boomâ€; and Bette Midler, “Outrageous Fortune.â€
Supporting Actor â€” Sean Connery, “The Untouchablesâ€; Richard Dreyfuss, “Nutsâ€; Lee Ermey, “Full Metal Jacketâ€; Morgan Freeman, “Street Smartâ€; and Rob Lowe, “Square Dance.â€