Director Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" and New Zealand director Jane Campion's "The Piano," both widely lauded by film critics, led the 51st annual Golden Globe Awards nominations announced Wednesday. Each film is nominated in six categories.
Spielberg's film depicting a German industrialist who saves more than 1,100 Jews from the Nazi death camps, and Campion's intimate story of a Scottish woman finding love outside an arranged marriage in 19th-Century New Zealand, are both nominated for best picture of 1993 and each director received a directing nomination.
Hollywood's interest in the Golden Globe nominations is high because they often foreshadow how the film industry's premier awards--the Oscars--will go. The Globe nomination is the first major pre-Oscar recognition of Spielberg as director of "Schindler's List." Spielberg was overlooked by the Los Angeles and New York critics and National Board of Review. Spielberg has received best director nominations in the past for Golden Globes and Oscars, but he has not won either.
Andrew Davis, who was at the helm of this year's box office blockbuster "The Fugitive," is another nominee for best director, although the film is not nominated for best picture. By contrast, "In the Name of the Father" is a best picture nominee, but its director, Jim Sheridan, was shut out in the director's category.
The other nominees for best director are James Ivory and Martin Scorsese, whose respective movies, "The Remains of the Day" and "The Age of Innocence," also received best dramatic picture nominations. Overlooked in the best picture nominations were such heavyweight films as director Jonathan Demme's "Philadelphia," Oliver Stone's "Heaven and Earth," Sir Richard Attenborough's "Shadowlands" and the highly touted "Joy Luck Club."
Unlike the Oscars, where there is a single category for best picture, the nominations voted on by the 84 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., make a distinction between drama and musical/comedy.
The nominees for best musical or comedy movie are "Dave," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Much Ado About Nothing," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Strictly Ballroom."
Actor Tom Hanks found himself in the unusual position of being nominated as best actor twice--once for his dramatic portrayal in the AIDS drama "Philadelphia" and the second for the comedy "Sleepless in Seattle."
British actress Emma Thompson, last year's winner of the Oscar and Golden Globe for best actress in "Howards End" is nominated as best actress in a drama, "The Remains of the Day." She is also nominated for best supporting actress in the soon-to-be released drama set in Ireland and England, "In the Name of the Father."
Actress Holly Hunter is another multiple nominee--for best actress in a drama, "The Piano," and for best actress in a TV movie or miniseries, HBO's "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom," for which she also won the TV industry's Emmy Award.
Among the other television nominations, NBC's popular comedy series "Seinfeld" leads the pack with four, including best comedy series. Several series and specials followed with three nominations, including Steven Bocho's controversial new ABC cop series "NYPD Blue," and the CBS movie musical "Gypsy," starring Bette Midler. ABC received 16 nominations, followed by CBS with 15 and NBC with 13. HBO, which swept the Emmy nominations this year, garnered seven.
The nominees for best dramatic series are "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," "Law & Order," "Northern Exposure," "NYPD Blue," and this year's Emmy winner for outstanding dramatic series, "Picket Fences." The final nominee, "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles," was canceled by ABC earlier this year.
In addition to "Seinfeld" (which also won this year's Emmy), nominees for best comedy series are "Coach," "Frasier," "Home Improvement" and "Roseanne." The competition for miniseries or made-for-TV movies includes the Emmy Award-winner in this category, "Barbarians at the Gate," as well as "And the Band Played On," "Columbo: It's All in the Game," "Gypsy" and "Heidi."
The Globe awards will be presented in Beverly Hills on Jan. 22 in a live telecast on TBS.
Over the years the Golden Globe awards have experienced high and low moments of esteem in Hollywood. But in the last few years, they have grown in importance as they have become an integral part of the annual awards season, which will culminate this time on March 21, when the Oscars are handed out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Times staff writer Susan King contributed to this report.
The Nominees The nominees for the 51st annual Golden Globe Awards:
Motion Picture, Drama: "The Age of Innocence," Columbia Pictures; "In the Name of the Father," Universal Pictures; "The Piano," Miramax Films; "The Remains of the Day," Columbia Pictures; "Schindler's List," Universal Pictures.
Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: "Dave," Warner Bros.; "Mrs. Doubtfire," 20th Century Fox; "Much Ado About Nothing," Samuel Goldwyn Co.; "Sleepless in Seattle," TriStar Pictures; "Strictly Ballroom," Miramax Films.
Actress, Drama: Juliette Binoche, "Blue"; Holly Hunter, "The Piano"; Michelle Pfeiffer, "The Age of Innocence"; Emma Thompson, "The Remains of the Day"; Debra Winger, "A Dangerous Woman."
Actor, Drama: Harrison Ford, "The Fugitive"; Tom Hanks, "Philadelphia"; Anthony Hopkins, "The Remains of the Day"; Daniel Day-Lewis, "In the Name of the Father"; Liam Neeson, "Schindler's List."
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Angela Bassett, "What's Love Got to Do With It"; Stockard Channing, "Six Degrees of Separation"; Anjelica Huston, "Addams Family Values"; Diane Keaton, "Manhattan Murder Mystery"; Meg Ryan, "Sleepless in Seattle."
Foreign-Language Motion Picture: "Blue," Poland; "Farewell My Concubine," Hong Kong; "Flight of the Innocent," Italy; "Justiz," Germany; "The Wedding Banquet," Taiwan.
Supporting Actor: Leonardo Dicaprio, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"; Ralph Fiennes, "Schindler's List"; Tommy Lee Jones, "The Fugitive"; John Malkovich, "In the Line of Fire"; Sean Penn, "Carlito's Way."
Director: Jane Campion, "The Piano"; Andrew Davis, "The Fugitive"; James Ivory, "The Remains of the Day"; Martin Scorsese, "The Age of Innocence"; Steven Spielberg, "Schindler's List."
Screenplay: Robert Altman and Frank Barhydt, "Short Cuts"; Jane Campion, "The Piano"; Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, "The Remains of the Day"; Ron Nyswaner, "Philadelphia"; Steven Zaillian, "Schindler's List."
Original Score: Danny Elfman, "Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas"; Kitaro, "Heaven and Earth"; Michael Nyman, "The Piano"; Zbigniew Preisner, "Blue"; John Williams, "Schindler's List."
Original Song: "Again" ("Poetic Justice"), music and lyrics by Janet Jackson, James Harris III and Terry Lewis; "The Day I Fall in Love" ("Beethoven's 2nd"), music and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager, James Ingram and Clif Magness; "Stay" ("Faraway, So Close"), music by U2, lyrics by Bono; "Streets of Philadelphia" ("Philadelphia"), music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen; "Thief of Your Heart" ("In the Name of the Father"), music and lyrics by Bono, Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer.
Series, Drama: "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," CBS; "Law & Order," NBC;
"Northern Exposure," CBS; "NYPD Blue," ABC; "Picket Fences," CBS; "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles," ABC.
Actress, Drama: Kathy Baker, "Picket Fences"; Heather Locklear, "Melrose Place"; Jane Seymour, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"; Janine Turner, "Northern Exposure"; Sela Ward, "Sisters."
Actor, Drama: David Caruso, "NYPD Blue"; Michael Moriarty, "Law & Order"; Rob Morrow, "Northern Exposure"; Carroll O'Connor, "In the Heat of the Night"; Tom Skerritt, "Picket Fences."
Series, Musical or Comedy Series: "Coach," ABC; "Frasier," NBC; "Home Improvement," ABC; "Roseanne," ABC; "Seinfeld," NBC.
Actress, Musical or Comedy Series: Roseanne Arnold, "Roseanne"; Candice Bergen, "Murphy Brown"; Helen Hunt, "Mad About You"; Patricia Richardson, "Home Improvement"; Katey Sagal, "Married . . . With Children."
Miniseries or Motion Picture: "And the Band Played On," HBO; "Barbarians at the Gate," HBO; "Columbo: It's All in the Game," ABC; "Gypsy," CBS; "Heidi," Disney Channel.
Actress, Miniseries or Motion Picture: Helena Bonham Carter, "Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald"; Faye Dunaway, "Columbo: It's All in the Game"; Holly Hunter, "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom"; Anjelica Huston, "Family Pictures"; Bette Midler, "Gypsy."
Actor, Miniseries or Motion Picture: Peter Falk, "Columbo: It's All in the Game"; James Garner, "Barbarians at the Gate"; Jack Lemmon, "A Life in the Theatre"; Matthew Modine, "And the Band Played On"; Peter Strauss, "Men Don't Tell."
Supporting Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Seinfeld"; Cynthia Gibb, "Gypsy"; Ann-Margret, "Alex Haley's Queen"; Cecilia Peck, "The Portrait"; Theresa Saldana, "The Commish."
Supporting Actor: Jason Alexander, "Seinfeld"; Beau Bridges, "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom"; Dennis Franz, "NYPD Blue"; John Mahoney, "Frasier"; Jonathan Pryce, "Barbarians at the Gate."