BEVERLY HILLS — Writer-director Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather III" earned a leading seven nominations today for the 1991 Golden Globe Awards.
The mobster drama was nominated for best dramatic motion picture and collected bids for star Al Pacino, director Coppola, co-star Andy Garcia and best screenplay, written by Coppola and Mario Puzo.
It also was nominated for original score and the original song "Promise Me You'll Remember."
Director-actor Kevin Costner's "Dances With Wolves" was second in voting by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. with six Golden Globe nominations, including best dramatic motion picture, and best actor and director for Costner. Co-star Mary McDonnell was given a supporting actress bid.
"GoodFellas," director Martin Scorsese's account of the Mafia, drew five nominations, including best dramatic motion picture.
Unlike the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes divide films in two categories--drama and musical or comedy.
Although the awards are not as prestigious as the Oscars, they can be a bellwether of Academy Award nominations. The nominations were announced at the Beverly Hilton.
The awards will be presented Jan. 19 in a ceremony broadcast by cable television's TBS.
Nominees for best musical or comic motion picture are "Dick Tracy," "Ghost," "Green Card," "Home Alone" and "Pretty Woman."
Showing their eccentricity, the 86 foreign press members chose Macaulay Culkin, the 10-year-old star of "Home Alone," and Gerard Depardieu, the veteran French legend who stars in "Green Card," to compete against each other for best actor in a musical or comedy.
Other multiple nominees with four selections apiece were "Dick Tracy," "Ghost," "Pretty Woman" and "Reversal of Fortune."
Nominated for best dramatic actress were Kathy Bates for "Misery," Anjelica Huston for "The Grifters," Michelle Pfeiffer for "The Russia House," Susan Sarandon for "White Palace" and Joanne Woodward for "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge."
Best dramatic actor nominees, in addition to Costner and Pacino, included Richard Harris for "The Field," Jeremy Irons for "Reversal of Fortune" and Robin Williams for "Awakenings."
Best musical or comedy actress selections were Mia Farrow for "Alice," Andie McDowell for "Green Card," Demi Moore for "Ghost," Julia Roberts for "Pretty Woman" and Meryl Streep for "Postcards From the Edge."
Best musical or comic actor competitors include Culkin, Depardieu, Johnny Depp of "Edward Scissorhands," Richard Gere of "Pretty Woman" and Patrick Swayze of "Ghost."
Foreign language film nominees were "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Akira Kurosawa's Dreams," "The Nasty Girl," "Requiem for Dominic" and "Taxi Blues."
Supporting actress selections were McDonnell, Lorraine Bracco for "GoodFellas," Whoopi Goldberg of "Ghost," Diane Ladd of "Wild at Heart," Shirley MacLaine of "Postcards From the Edge" and Winona Ryder for "Mermaids."
Joining Garcia for supporting actor were Pacino for "Dick Tracy," Armand Assante for "Q&A," Bruce Davison for "Longtime Companion," Hector Elizondo in "Pretty Woman" and Joe Pesci for "GoodFellas."
In addition to Coppola, Costner and Scorsese, best director nominees were Bernardo Bertolucci for "The Sheltering Sky" and Barbet Schroeder for "Reversal of Fortune."
Screenplay nominees were "Dances With Wolves," "Reversal of Fortune," "Avalon," "GoodFellas" and "The Godfather III."
Golden Globes are also presented in television. Among TV shows the jurisprudence drama "L.A. Law" led with five nominations and director David Lynch's strange drama "Twin Peaks" had four.