BetteBack December 24, 1993: Midler Receives Golden Globe Nom For ‘Gypsy’

Syracuse Herald Journal
December 24, 1993


LOS .ANGELES – The Hollywood foreign press awarded six Golden Globe nominations each to Steven Spielberg’s “Schindier’s List” and Jane Campion’s “The Piano,” setting up what is likely to be the most important head-to head 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 running neck and-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 Zallian a screenplay nomination, lead actor Liam Neeson a best actor nomination for his portrayal of Oskar Schmdler, 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 prize.

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.

Ivor}’, Prawer Jhabvala and Thompson were all nominated last >car for “Howards End,” with Thompson going on to win the best actress honor.

Also receiving noms in the best picture – drama category were Umversal’s “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 Hamson Ford took a best actor – drama nomination, as did Daniel Day Lewis for “In the Name or the Father.”
TnStar Pictures’ “Sleepless in Seaule” secured a besi pitiute – comedy or musical nomination and its stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan took best acior – comedy and best
actress – comedy nominations, respectively Hanks” other nomination )vas for his portrayal of an AIDS-stnckcn artomey in TnStar’s “Philadelphia.

20th Century FOH’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 aclor – comedy nomination as well.

The foreign press singled out two new TV scries, ABC’s “NYPD Blue,” which received three nominations including best drama senes, and NBC’s “Frasier.” which also received three nominations including best musical or comedy senes.

While no new senes From CBS got anv 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.

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.”

Reluming 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 “Roseanne,” and NBC’s “Seinfeld,”
“Northern Exposure” has won irie award lor Desi I V senes – drama the last two years in a row

Roseanne Arnold, who was nominated TOT best actress – comedy series, won the award last year, as did (he senes for best comedy.
While last year’s besi drama and comedy Him winners – “Seem of a Woman” and “The Player” – failed in ihe Oscar derby, (he Foreign Press Association’s acting picks – Thompson as best actress, Al Patina as bet actor and Gene Hackman as besi supporting actor – did go on lo win Oscars.

The Golden Globes will be handed out Jan. 22.

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