Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” and Jane Campion’s “The Piano” tied for the most film nominations with six apiece, including best film and director, in the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s 51st Golden Globe Awards.
The noms also gave Universal the lead among distribs with 13, while Miramax had 12. Columbia Pictures had 11 nominations, TriStar seven and Sony Pictures Classics one, giving the Sony Pictures banner 19 in all. Warner Bros. had seven nominations.
This year’s awards will be given out Jan. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The show will air live at 7 p.m. on superstation WTBS.
On the television side, ABC led with 16 nominations, compared wtih 14 each for CBS and NBC. This year’s Emmy darling, HBO, claimed seven nods, with Fox Broadcasting Co. and TNT each receiving two and the lone remaining nomination going to the Disney Channel.
Only two new series, ABC’s drama “NYPD Blue” and NBC’s comedy “Frasier,” broke through in balloting for their respective categories, claiming three nominations each.
Among films, the Merchant Ivory production “The Remains of the Day” was a close runner-up to the leaders with five nominations, while Universal’s “In the Name of the Father” and Columbia’s “The Age of Innocence” both took four. All were nominated for best drama film.
The award nominations, considered the first indication of where the Oscar nods will go, leaned heavily on a number of year-end dramas. One of a couple of surprises in the bunch was the omission of Savoy Pictures’ “Shadowlands.”
Directing contenders with Spielberg and Campion are James Ivory (“Remains”), Martin Scorsese (“Age of Innocence”) and Andrew Davis (“The Fugitive”).
In the motion picture comedy category, TriStar’s “Sleepless in Seattle” led the pack, taking three nods including best comedy, lead actor for Tom Hanks and lead actress for Meg Ryan.
Twentieth Century Fox’s “Mrs. Doubtfire” and Warner Bros.’ “Dave” took two apiece, vying as best comedy film and actor (for, respectively, Robin Williams and Kevin Kline). Other comedy film contenders are Renaissance Films/Samuel Goldwyn Co.’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and Miramax’s “Strictly Ballroom.”
Hanks scored two lead-actor noms, with a second in the dramatic category for “Philadelphia,” a film that picked up three nods but no best picture nomination.
Other double nominees are Holly Hunter (film drama actress and actress in a miniseries and vidpic), Emma Thompson (drama actress and supporting actress), Anjelica Huston (film comedy actress and actress in a mini or telepic), Jane Campion (director and screenplay) and Bono (a double nominee in the song category).
Aside from Hanks, dramatic actor nods went to Harrison Ford (“The Fugitive”), Anthony Hopkins (“The Remains of the Day”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“In the Name of the Father”) and Liam Neeson (“Schindler’s List”).
In addition to Kline and Williams, comedy lead actor noms went to Colm Meaney (“The Snapper”) and Johnny Depp (“Benny & Joon”).
In the lead actress category, Thompson was nominated for “The Remains of the Day” along with Michelle Pfeiffer (“The Age of Innocence”), Holly Hunter (“The Piano”), Juliette Binoche (“Blue”) and Debra Winger (“A Dangerous Woman”).
In musical/comedy, nominated lead actresses were Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got to Do With It”), Stockard Channing (“Six Degrees of Separation”), Huston (“AddamsFamily Values”), Diane Keaton (“Manhattan Murder Mystery”) and Ryan.
Supporting actor contenders include Tommy Lee Jones (“The Fugitive”), John Malkovich (“In the Line of Fire”), Sean Penn (“Carlito’s Way”), Ralph Fiennes (“Schindler’s List”) and Leonard DiCaprio (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”).
In the supporting actress category, Thompson was tagged for U’s “In the Name of the Father.” Other nominees: Winona Ryder (“Age of Innocence”), Rosie Perez (“Fearless”), Anna Paquin (“The Piano”) and Penelope Ann Miller (“Carlito’s Way”).
The five contenders in the screenplay category were Campion (“The Piano”), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (“The Remains of the Day”), Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List”), Ron Nyswaner (“Philadelphia”) and Robert Altman & Frank Barhydt (“Short Cuts”), which was the only nomination that film received.
This year’s song contenders featured an array of pop’s superstars, with U2’s Bono taking double nominations for “Stay” (“Faraway, So Close”), with music by U 2, and “(You Made Me the) Thief of Your Heart” (“In the Name of the Father”), which he co-wrote with Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer.
Janet Jackson also got a song nomination, for “Again,” co-written with James Harris III and Terry Lewis for “Poetic Justice.” A third superstar contender is Bruce Springsteen, who penned “Streets of Philadelphia” (“Philadelphia”). Other nominees are Carole Bayer Sager, James Ingram and Clif Magness for “The Day I Fall in Love” (“Beethoven’s 2nd”).
Foreign-language film nominees are Poland’s “Blue,” Hong Kong’s “Farewell My Concubine,” Italy’s “Flight of the Innocent,” Germany’s “Justice” and “The Wedding Banquet” from Taiwan.
In TV, “NYPD Blue” was joined in the drama category by CBS’ “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,””Northern Exposure” and “Picket Fences,” NBC’s “Law & Order” and ABC’s long-canceled “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.”
ABC and NBC split up the comedy balloting, with the Thursday combo of “Seinfeld” and “Frasier” breaking up ABC’s “Roseanne,””Coach” and “Home Improvement” block party.
“Seinfeld’s” four nominations led all TV shows, while five other series –“NYPD Blue,””Picket Fences,””Frasier,””Home Improvement” and “Northern Exposure”– plus HBO’s “Barbarians at the Gate,” garnered three each.
As with the Emmys, HBO made most of its impact with telepix, getting nominations for “And the Band Played On” (which will be eligible for Emmy consideration next year) and “Barbarians.” Other nominees were CBS’ “Gypsy” (which also picked up a nod for star Bette Midler), ABC’s latest “Columbo” movie and the Disney Channel’s “Heidi.”
As announced, Robert Redford will receive this year’s Cecil B. DeMille award. Miss Golden Globe 1994 is Alex Martin, daughter of Whoopi Goldberg.