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'Schindler,' 'Piano' Head Globe List : Entertainment: Both films are nominated for awards in six categories by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Holly Hunter also receive multiple nominations.

December 23, 1993|DAVID J. FOX | TIMES STAFF WRITER

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.

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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:

FILMS

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.

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