Syracuse Herald Journal
December 24, 1993
LOS .ANGELES – The HollywoodÂ foreign press awarded sixÂ Golden Globe nominations each toÂ Steven Spielberg’s “Schindier’sÂ List” and Jane Campion’s “TheÂ Piano,” setting up what is likely toÂ be the most important head-to headÂ competition of the seasonÂ leading up to the Academy Awards.
In addition, Columbia Pictures’Â “The Remains of the Day” earnedÂ five Golden Globe nominations atÂ the Hollywood Foreign Press Association‘sÂ announcement of the 51st Â annual awards.
In television, ABC edged out theÂ other two networks with 16 nominationsÂ to 14 for CBS and NBC.Â HBO received 7 nominations.
Universal^ “Schindler’s List“Â and Miramax’s “The Piano” – theÂ films that have been running neck and-neckÂ in year-end voting by filmÂ critics organizations – will face off against each other in the best picture,Â best original screenplay andÂ best director categories.
For “Schindler’s List,” SpielbergÂ earned a director’s nomination,Â Steven Zallian a screenplay nomination,Â lead actor Liam Neeson aÂ best actor nomination for his portrayal of Oskar Schmdler, andÂ Ralph Fiennes a supporting nominationÂ for his portrayal of the cruelÂ Nazi commandant Amon Goeth. Campion got the nomination forÂ helming “The Piano,” which alsoÂ earned Anna Paquin a best supportingÂ actress nomination and aÂ scoring nom for Michael Nyman.
Holly Hunter’s wordless performanceÂ in “The Piano,” alreadyÂ a clear favorite among the criticsÂ groups, earned her a best actress –Â drama nomination. She was alsoÂ acknowledged for her work in theÂ TV movie “The Positively TrueÂ Adventures of the Alleged TexasÂ Cheerleader-Murdering Mom.”
“Schindler’s List” earned bestÂ picture awards from the Los AngelesÂ Film Critics Â Association andÂ the New York Film Critics as wellÂ as the National Board of Review’s annual D.W. Griffith Award.
However, the awards touched offÂ a barrage of complaints in that producer-directorÂ Spielberg was largelyÂ “ignored” for his directorial effortsÂ on the picture. Among the criticsÂ was the New York Post’s MichaelÂ Medved. who criticized the NewÂ York Film Critics for “robbing”Â Spielberg of a well-deserved prize.
Campion’s Golden Globe bestÂ director nomination adds more recognitionÂ for her work on the film,Â having won both Los Angeles andÂ New York Film Critics’ directingÂ honors.
“Remains of the Day,” whichÂ tells the story of an emotionally repressedÂ butler and his affection forÂ a co-worker, earned a best motionÂ picture – drama nom, a best actorÂ nomination for Anthony Hopkins,Â a best actress – drama nom forÂ Emma Thompson, a best screenplayÂ nomination for Ruth PrawerÂ Jhabvala and a best director nomÂ for James Ivory.
Ivor}’, Prawer Jhabvala andÂ Thompson were all nominated lastÂ >car for “Howards End,” withÂ Thompson going on to win the bestÂ actress honor.
Also receiving noms in the bestÂ picture – drama category wereÂ Umversal’s “In the Name of theÂ Father” and Columbia’s “The AgeÂ of Innocence.” with each gettingÂ four noms.
Martin Scorsese, whoÂ directed “The Age of Innocence,”Â earned a director’s nomination, as
did Andrew Davis for his work onÂ the Warner Bros, actionerÂ The Fugitive.”
“The Fugitive” star HamsonÂ Ford took a best actor – dramaÂ nomination, as did Daniel Day LewisÂ for “In the Name or the Father.”
TnStar Pictures’ “Sleepless inÂ Seaule” secured a besi pitiute –Â comedy or musical nomination andÂ its stars Tom Hanks and Meg RyanÂ took best acior – comedy and best
actress – comedy nominations, respectivelyÂ Hanks” other nomination )vas forÂ his portrayal of an AIDS-stnckcnÂ artomey in TnStar’s “Philadelphia.
20th Century FOH’S “Mrs. Doubtfire” secured a best picture – comedyÂ nom and Robin Williams’ portrayalÂ of a separated father whoÂ dresses as a nanny to see his kidsÂ earned him a best aclor – comedyÂ nomination as well.
The foreign pressÂ singled outÂ two new TV scries, ABC’s “NYPDÂ Blue,” which received three nominationsÂ including best drama senes,Â and NBC’s “Frasier.” which also receivedÂ three nominations includingÂ best musical or comedy senes.
While no new senes From CBSÂ got anv nominations, the networkÂ did receive three for itsÂ highlyÂ touted TV movie “Gypsy” includingÂ a best actress nomination forÂ Bette Midler.
The TV movie, which aired earlierÂ this month, is planned for a theatricalÂ release overseas.
Also, perennial nominee AngelaÂ Lansbury of CBS’ “Murder, SheÂ Wrote” was not nominated.
In another TV category, cableÂ films took a slight edge but did notÂ dominate as they did at the EmmyÂ Awards.
HBO’s AIDS drama “And theÂ Band Played On” and high-financeÂ comedy melodrama Barbarians atÂ the Gate” received nominationsÂ along with the Disney Channel’sÂ “Heidi.”
Reluming series that receivedÂ multiple nominations includedÂ CBS’ “Dr. Quinn. Medicine Â Woman,” NBC’s “Law and Order,”Â CBS’ “Northern Exposure” andÂ “Picket Fences,” ABC’s “Coach,”Â “Home Improvement” and “Roseanne,”Â and NBC’s “Seinfeld,”
“Northern Exposure” has wonÂ irie award lor Desi I V senes –Â drama the last two years in a row
Roseanne Arnold, who was nominatedÂ TOT best actress – comedyÂ series, won the award last year, asÂ did (he senes for best comedy.
While last year’s besi drama andÂ comedy Him winners – “Seem of aÂ Woman” and “The Player” –Â failed in ihe Oscar derby, (he ForeignÂ Press Association’s acting picksÂ – Thompson as best actress, AlÂ Patina as bet actor and GeneÂ Hackman as besi supporting actorÂ – did go on lo win Oscars.
The Golden Globes will be handedÂ out Jan. 22.