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'Godfather' Wins 7 Golden Globe Nominations : Awards: Foreign press recognizes 'Dances With Wolves' and 'L.A. Law' but ignores 'Civil War' and 'Simpsons.'

December 28, 1990|DAVID J. FOX | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather Part III," Kevin Costner's "Dances With Wolves" and such mass-appeal hits as "Dick Tracy," "Ghost" and "Pretty Woman" led the nominations for the annual Golden Globe Awards for motion pictures announced Thursday morning in Beverly Hills.

Although the nominations were widely spread among 32 movies, it was "Godfather Part III," with nods in seven categories, that topped the list.

On the television side, NBC's "L.A. Law" led with five nominations, while ABC's "Twin Peaks"--which was mostly snubbed by the TV industry's Emmy Awards--took four. The widely acclaimed "The Civil War" received no nominations because there is no documentary category, a Golden Globes spokesman said. And Fox Television's highly popular "The Simpsons" was shut out completely.

The Golden Globes are regarded by some in the entertainment industry as a weather vane for the Oscars, even though there are only 86 voting members in the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the Globes' governing body. The Golden Globes will be awarded on Jan. 19, during a telecast by Turner Broadcasting System. (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Academy Award nominations are due Feb. 13 and will be presented March 25.)

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday December 29, 1990 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 2 Column 5 Entertainment Desk 2 inches; 37 words Type of Material: Correction
Nominee Omitted-- Suzanne Pleshette was inadvertently omitted in Friday's Calendar as a Golden Globe nominee for best performance by an actress in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie. Pleshette was nominated for her role in "Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean."

The 86 members representing 46 countries, also nominated "Dances With Wolves" in six categories, "GoodFellas" in five and "Dick Tracy," "Ghost," "Pretty Woman" and "Reversal of Fortune" in four each.

Warner Bros., which released "Reversal of Fortune" and "GoodFellas," led motion picture distribution companies with 12 nominations. Walt Disney Pictures, which released "Dick Tracy" and "Pretty Woman," and Paramount Pictures, which released "Godfather III" and "Ghost," shared 11 nominations each for a second-place tie.

The strong showing by Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas," follows its double victory earlier this month among the Los Angeles and New York film critics groups as best picture. That factor, plus the even stronger showings in the Globe contest for best movie drama by "Godfather III" and "Dances With Wolves," is sure to draw attention to that Globe category as an Oscar indicator. Also nominated in that category are "Reversal of Fortune" and "Avalon."

The tightness of the dramatic film competition is further seen in the best-director category. With the exception of Barry Levinson's work for his personal story of an immigrant family in "Avalon," the four other nominees for best motion picture--drama all received nominations for their directors: Coppola, Costner, Scorsese and Barbet Schroeder for "Reversal of Fortune." The fifth nominee for best director is Bernardo Bertolucci for "The Sheltering Sky."

Coppola's widely awaited "Godfather" sequel to the first two Oscar-winning films, garnered nominations for himself as director and as co-writer of the screenplay with Mario Puzo. Al Pacino, who portrays godfather Michael Corleone, was nominated for best actor, and Andy Garcia, who has won rave reviews for his performance as Corleone's nephew and godfather successor, was nominated for best supporting actor.

The large showing by "Godfather III" comes following a special screening that Paramount Pictures set up for members of the foreign press on Dec. 12 in Westwood, hours before the rest of the media was allowed to see the film. Coppola himself attended the foreign press showing.

"Dances With Wolves," Costner's frontier epic about native Americans, earned him nominations for best actor and best director, plus a supporting actress nomination for Mary McDonnell as the Sioux-raised woman who serves as a bridge between Costner and the Indians.

Pacino is in the unusual situation of being nominated not only for best actor as the Mafia chieftain, but also in the supporting actor category for his underworld comic role in "Dick Tracy."

Besides Pacino and Costner, the other nominees for best actor in a drama are Richard Harris for "The Field," Jeremy Irons for "Reversal of Fortune" and Robin Williams for "Awakenings." Williams' "Awakenings" co-star, Robert De Niro, was overlooked. De Niro, also was ignored for his starring role in "GoodFellas," as was another highly praised performance in that film by Ray Liotta.

Best actress nominees for a dramatic film are Kathy Bates in "Misery," Anjelica Huston in "The Grifters," Michelle Pfeiffer in "The Russia House," Susan Sarandon in "White Palace" and Joanne Woodward for "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge."

In the musical or comedy category for best picture, the nominees include some of the biggest grossing films of the year, "Ghost," "Pretty Woman," "Home Alone" and "Dick Tracy," as well as the just-released "Green Card." None of the year's action/tough-guy pictures, such as "Rocky V," "Total Recall" or "Die Hard 2," showed up among the Globe nominations.

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