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BetteBack January 19, 1992: Midler, Williams take home ‘Globes’

Alamogordo Daily News
January 19, 1992

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP)—Bette Midler, who entertained the troops in “For the Boys,” and Robin Williams, the homeless savant in “The Fisher King,” won Golden Globes on Saturday night, kicking off Hollywood’s award season.

A tearful Miss Midler, who won for best actress in a motion picture musical or comedy, spoke of her film’s disappointing performance at the box office as she accepted the trophy at the 49th Golden Globes.

“I want to thank the Foreign Press Association for honoring a film when the American public dismissed it,” she said.

Williams, who won for best actor in the same category, poked fun at President Bush’s recent Japanese trip, saying, “In the words of George Bush — arigato gozaimas (thank you in Japanese),” and then batting his head against the microphone.

Oliver Stone won for best director for “JFR,” the controversial movie about the assassination of President Kennedy.

“A terrible lie was told to us 28 years ago. I hope that this film can be the first step in righting that wrong,” Stone said.

Veteran film actor Jack Palance, the leathery trail boss in “City Slickers,” and Mercedes Ruehl, the sympathetic girlfriend in “The Fisher King,” won best supporting actor and actress awards for film.

Palance, the only man at the tuxedo-andevening-gown affair wearing a brown suit, remarked, “I spend so much time on the ranch that I only have one suit.”

For television, Candice Bergen, the hotshot television reporter on “Murphy Brown,” won best actress in a musical or comedy series.

Burt Reynolds, the down-home guy on “Evening Shade,” was named best actor in the same category. Both series are on CBS.

Other TV winners included the CBS miniseries “One Against the Wind,” the sentimental CBS sentimental series “Brooklyn Bridge,” Louis Gossett Jr. for HBCYs ‘The Josephine Baker Story” and Amanda Donohoe of NBC’s “LA. Law.”

“Bugsy,” starring new parents Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, led the field with eight nominations. Other movie drama nominees were “JFK,” “The Prince of Tides,” “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Thelma & Louise.”

Televised live on cable TV by the Turner Broadcasting System, the Golden Globes have assumed a surprising importance in recent years, considering only 86 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association vote.

Always hungry for endorsements, studios can advertise “Golden Globe Winner” to bring their films to the attention of moviegoers and
Oscar voters.

A Golden Globe victory for “Bugsy” could help the movie at the box office. As of last weekend, it had drawn $30 million, a decent figure but pallid behind the $90 million for “Hook.”

The Walt Disney Co. hoped for a win as best musical-comedy for its runaway hit ($89 million and counting) “Beauty and the Beast.” The company has mounted a vigorous campaign to win a best-picture nomination for the film from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Indiana Gazette
January 20, 1992

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe awards gave Oscar handicappers no clear favorite, spreading honors among “Beauty and the Beast,” “Bugsy,” “JFK” and “The Prince of Tides.”

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” got a pre-Oscar boost by winning three awards Saturday night from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: best musical or comedy, best song and best original score.

Other Golden Globes at the 49th annual ceremony went to director Oliver Stone for “JFK”; Jodie Foster as an FBI trainee tracking a serial killer in “The Silence of the Lambs”; and Nick Nolte as a troubled man who falls for a psychiatrist in “The Prince of Tides.”

Miss Foster and Nolte won for drama.

The Golden Globes are the official kickoff of Hollywood’s award season and often give clues to the Oscars.

Oscar nominations will be announced Feb. 19.

Disney has been conducting a campaign for “Beauty” to be nominated for an Academy Award for best picture. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has never before so recognized an animated film.

The Golden Globes also 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 said of Miss Bening, “For me, she has the greatest knack for bringing things to life.”

Bette Midler from “For the Boys” and Robin Williams from “The Fisher King” won for best actress and actor in a musical or comedy film.

Germany’s “Europa, Europa” got the foreign language film award.

Televised on cable by the Turner Broadcasting System, the Golden Globes have assumed a surprising importance in recent years, considering only 86 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association cast ballots.

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

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

CBS dominated the TV categories with seven awards, led by best dramatic series “Northern Exposure.”

Other CBS winners included 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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