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BetteBack December 16, 1993: Bette Midler Receives National Board Review Award For ‘Gypsy’

Syracuse Post Standard
December 16, 1993

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On the heels of its best-film honor from the Los Angeles Film Critics’ Association, Universal Pictures’ “Schindler’s List” was chosen best film of 1993 in the National Board of Review‘s annual D.W. Griffith Awards voting Tuesday in New York.

Best foreign film went to Miramax’s “Farewell, My Concubine.” The National Board of Review, which is composed of a cross-section of the nation’s film critics along with authors, filmmakers and historians, has been presenting these honors since 1917. Last year, “Howards End” was chosen best film.

Although “Schindler’s List” won top honors for best film, the board, like the LA. critics, voted its best director honor to the director of another motion picture. Martin Scorsese was voted best director for his work on “The Age of Innocence.” Once again, as they did with the LA. Film Critics, Anthony Hopkins and Holly Hunter won the best actor and best actress honors.

Hopkins was honored for his work in “The Remains of the Day” and “Shadowlands,” while Hunter received her honor for her performance in the “The Piano.”

Jeff Bridges was runner-up as best actor for “Fearless,” while Angela Bassett was runner-up for “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”

Best supporting actor went to Leonardo DiCapijo for his performance in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” DiCaprio was voted the New Generation Award this past weekend by the L.A. Critics.

Tommy Lee Jones, who won the . top supporting-actor honor from the L.A. Critics, was runner-up for his performance in “The Fugitive.”

Best supporting actress was bestowed on Winona Ryder for her performance in the “The Age of Innocence,” while Anna Paquin received runner-up honors for her performance in “The Piano.”

In the documentary film category, “The War Room,” which depicted the behind-the-scenes brainstorming of the Clinton presidential campaign, won the top honor.

On the TV side, Steven Bochco’s “NYPD Blue” won as best TV series, while Bette Midler received the best TV performance nod for her portrayal in “Gypsy.”

Films that received runners-u’p honors from the National Board included “The Age of Innocence,” “The Remains of the Day,” “The Piano,” “Shadowlands,” “In the Name of the Father,” “Philadelphia,” “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Short Cuts” and “The Joy Luck Club.”

As was previously announced, Sean Connery has been voted to receive the organization’s Career Achievement Award.

• Upcoming awards include the New York critics’ vote Wednesday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association‘s Golden Globe nominations Dec. 22 and the National Society of Film Critics‘ vote Jan. 3.

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