Orion’s “Dances With Wolves” dominated the 48th annual Golden Globe Awards Jan. 19, winning best picture – drama, best director and best screenplay.

In his directorial debut, “Dances’ ” Kevin Costner bested Francis Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Bernardo Bertolucci and Barry Levinson for top honors. Screenplay award went to Michael Blake.

“Twin Peaks” and “Cheers,” with three Golden Globes each, led the way in tv. ABC and NBC, each with five victories, dead-locked in the race for network supremacy.

The awards, given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., were presented during ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton.

The evening produced a mix of the predictable and the unexpected. Paramount’s “The Godfather Part III,” which had seven nominations – more than any other entry – was shut out. So was 20th Century Fox’ boxoffice phenom “Home Alone,” which competed in the category of musical or comedy.

In another surprise, Touchstone’s “Pretty Woman” lost out in the best comedy or musical category to another Touchstone film, “Green Card.”

And it was not Macaulay Culkin, the moppet star of “Home Alone ” but French actor Gerard Depardieu, making his English-language film debut in “Green Card,” who was declared best actor in a musical or comedy.

Jeremy Irons’ performance as Claus von Bulow in Warner Bros.’ “Reversal Of Fortune” earned him the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama. He outdistanced Costner, Richard Harris, Al Pacino and Robin Williams.

Orion Classics’ “Cyrano de Bergerac,” also starring Depardieu, was named best foreign film. Tieless and disheveled, Depardieu cut a colorful figure as he waved his arms and offered his thank yous in English.

Since the Golden Globes, in recent years, have become a harbinger for the Academy Awards, the results could presage a strong night for sleepers at the March 25 Oscars.

Orion led the studio sweepstakes with four wins, counting Orion Classics’ win for best foreign-language film. With the two Globes for “Green Card,” and Julia Roberts’ best actress in a comedy award for “Pretty Woman,” Touchstone was second with three trophies.

Warner Bros. took third by virtue of Irons’ win plus the Golden Globe awarded “The Sheltering Sky” for best original motion picture score, an award shared by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Richard Horowitz.

Paramount’s lone award was Whoopi Goldberg’s win as best supporting actress in a musical or comedy for her role in “Ghost.”

Columbia Pictures won just one award, with Kathy Bates collecting for best actress in a drama for her performance in Castle Rock’s “Misery.” She beat out Anjelica Huston, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Joanne Woodward.

‘Companion’ a winner

While two majors, Tri-Star and MGM, were blanked, independent Samuel Goldwyn Co. cracked the winners’ circle with Bruce Davison’s win as best supporting actor in a motion picture, for his work in “Longtime Companion.” He bested Pacino, Andy Garcia, Armand Assante, Joe Pesci and Hector Elizondo.

Twentieth Century Fox was repped by Jon Bon Jovi’s Golden Globe for writing the words and music to the best original song, “Blaze Of Glory,” from “Young Guns II.”

ABC’s new series “Twin Peaks” and NBC’s vintage sitcom “Cheers” won three Golden Globes apiece.

“Cheers” was named best musical or comedy series, while “Twin Peaks” won for best drama series. “Cheers” co-stars Ted Danson and Kirstie Alley were named best actor and best actress in a musical or comedy. Kyle MacLachlan, the quirky FBI agent in “Twin Peaks,” was beribboned best actor in a drama series. Piper Laurie, also of “Peaks,” picked up a Golden Globe as best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or telefilm, besting, among others, Sherilyn Fenn from the same show.

In the one tv tie, Sharon Gless, star of CBS’ “The Trials Of Rose O’Neill,” and Patricia Wettig, a co-star of ABC’s “thirtysomething,” shared Globes for best actress in a dramatic series.

James Garner’s performance in Hallmark Hall of Fame “Decoration Day,” an hourlong NBC telefilm, earned him the Golden Globe as best actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for tv, and “Day” was named best miniseries or motion picture made for tv. Barbara Hershey scooped up the best actress Golden Globe in the same category for a “Killing In A Small Town,” aired on CBS.

Charles Durning, of ABC’s “The Kennedys Of Massachusetts,” produced by Edgar J. Scherick Associates and Orion TV, was crowned best supporting actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for tv.

One of the evening’s emotional highlights was Jack Lemmon’s tearful acceptance of the Cecil B. De Mille Award, presented by Walter Matthau and Shirley MacLaine.

“I don’t know if I was crying because I was moved or because I haven’t worked in a year,” Lemmon jested.

Steve Guttenberg and Dana Delany co-hosted the 2 1/2-hour show, which aired live over TBS. Production numbers, for a long time a staple of the Golden Globes, were eliminated this year.

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