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'Men' Reaches Out for a Few Good Globes : Awards: Film garners five Golden Globe nominations in key categories; 'Aladdin' also gets five with four of those for its song score.

December 30, 1992|DAVID J. FOX | TIMES STAFF WRITER

The military courtroom drama "A Few Good Men," starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, led in nominations for the 50th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Tuesday. The Rob Reiner-directed film received nods in five key categories: best dramatic motion picture, actor, supporting actor, director and screenwriter.

Walt Disney Pictures' animated feature "Aladdin" also received five nominations, including the best motion picture comedy or musical category. The other four citations were for its critically praised song score.

Receiving four nominations apiece were the Merchant/Ivory production of the romantic "Howards End" from Sony Pictures Classics, the satirical "The Player" distributed by Fine Line Features, Universal Pictures' "Scent of a Woman," and "Unforgiven," the Warner Bros. Western directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.

British actress Miranda Richardson and Al Pacino were nominated twice in separate categories, but Tim Robbins has the unprecedented distinction of competing against himself for best actor in "Bob Roberts" and "The Player."

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday December 31, 1992 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 9 Column 4 Entertainment Desk 3 inches; 93 words Type of Material: Correction
"Aladdin" nominations--Walt Disney Pictures' "Aladdin" received five Golden Globe nominations, one for best musical or comedy picture and four in musical categories. One of its nominated songs, "Prince Ali," with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, was omitted from the nominations list in Wednesday's Calendar.
Wrong photo--Miranda Richardson, pictured above, was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards Tuesday, including best actress for her role in "Enchanted April" and best supporting actress for her role in "Damage." A photo of actress Joan Plowright was inadvertently identified as Richardson in some editions of Wednesday's Calendar.
PHOTO: Miranda Richardson

Among television programs honored with the nominations made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., three shows led with four nominations each: CBS' offbeat series "Northern Exposure," ABC's sitcom "Roseanne," and HBO's drama "Stalin." But overall, it was NBC that dominated the TV categories with 24 nominations--more than twice that of second-place CBS, which had 11.

As the first of the major movie awards, the Golden Globes are regarded by many in Hollywood as a time-tested signpost for the film industry's highest awards--the Oscars--to be given in March by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Golden Globe dinner awards ceremony (scheduled this year for Jan. 23, and to be televised live by the Turner Broadcasting System) has become a star-studded gala, mainly because the film industry increasingly views it as a springboard to winning an Oscar. Any serious contender usually attends.

The Globes were not always so "seriously" regarded. As recently as the early '80s, the ceremony was widely dismissed or ridiculed as the whim of a small group of Los Angeles-based journalists who write about the entertainment industry for publications abroad.

But much of that image is long gone, partially due to changes within the sponsoring organization. Hollywood's studios and publicity agencies also caught on that the Golden Globe nominations, timed as they were in the midst of the holiday movie-going season, could be useful in advertising and also could add to a film's luster as Hollywood prepares to make its Oscar nominations in February.

So it was with some anticipation on Tuesday that Hollywood, largely on a holiday hiatus this week, checked in at least long enough to find out what the 87 voting members of the foreign press revealed at a Beverly Hill press conference.

"We were naturally thrilled," said Martin Shafer, a partner in Castle Rock Entertainment, the company that produced "A Few Good Men" in conjunction with Columbia Pictures. "The Globes seems to be, at least in the last few years, the best precursor for the Oscars." Noting that "A Few Good Men" has been largely ignored as the nation's film reviewers have selected their favorite films of 1992, Shafer said the Globe nominations "seem to resemble more of what the Academy Award voters will consider."

Although the Globes have had a good track record when it comes to the Oscars, last year's most-nominated film in the Globe competition, "Bugsy," did not pick up any of the top Oscars. As much as award watchers look to see which films are nominated, omissions are also of interest. The high-profile "Hoffa" and "Malcolm X" weren't nominated although their stars, Jack Nicholson and Denzel Washington, received best actor nominations. The year's two biggest grossing films, "Batman Returns" and "Lethal Weapon 3," also didn't score. And actor Jack Lemmon, whose "Glengarry Glen Ross" performance has been highly praised, also did not receive a nomination.

Robert Redford was nominated for best director for "A River Runs Through It," but his film was not a best picture nominee.

Golden Globes for best feature films are given in two categories: for drama and for comedy or musical. Likewise, there are Globes given in the actor and actress categories for both types of performance genres.

Joining "A Few Good Men," "Howards End" and "Unforgiven" for the drama prize are director Neal Jordan's suspenseful "The Crying Game," distributed by Miramax Films, and "Scent of a Woman."

In addition to "Aladdin," the comedy or musical nominees are "Enchanted April" from Miramax, "Honeymoon in Vegas" from Columbia, "The Player" from Fine Line Features, and "Sister Act" from Disney's Touchstone division.

Among directors, Redford and Reiner were joined by Robert Altman for "The Player," Eastwood for "Unforgiven" and James Ivory for "Howards End."

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