“Forrest Gump” and Paramount Pictures seem to be in an easy sprint toward the upcoming Oscar awards, spurred on by a heady triumvirate win Saturday at the 52nd annual Golden Globes. In addition to nabbing best picture, the film’s director, Robert Zemeckis, and star, Tom Hanks, also were Globe-laden.
Another big winner was Walt Disney, which garnered a total of five wins in film and TV: three for “The Lion King,” including best picture, musical; one for “Ed Wood”; and one for “Home Improvement.” Disney subsidiary Miramax garnered an additional two wins.
The awards were voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and were handed out at the Beverly Hilton in ceremonies televised live. For Hanks, the win is not only his second consecutive Golden Globe in the lead actor category – he won last year for “Philadelphia” – but it also makes him a front-runner for an Academy Award nomination.
“We were all surprised by this,” Hanks said backstage. “After all, this movie has been out for a long time. I thought people would be tired of it and all the ‘Gumpisms’ by now.”
The only other feature film to win big was Disney’s “The Lion King,” which nabbed a trio of wins including best picture in the musical/comedy category.
“Farinelli,” the Belgian film movie about a famous castrato, was a surprise win as best foreign language feature.
A film that sat on bankrupt Orion’s shelf for three years, “Blue Sky” brought Jessica Lange her third Golden Globe, this one for lead actress in a drama. She has previously won for “King Kong” and “Tootsie.” Lange, upon receiving the award, credited her performance to her leading man, Tommy Lee Jones.
“He enabled my character to come to life,” she said. Backstage, she also credited the late director Tony Richardson.
In other acting awards, Martin Landau did what everyone had predicted, winning the best supporting statue for his role as Bela Lugosi in Buena Vista’s “Ed Wood.”
“The sense of fun we all had on the film shows itself in the movie. Tim (Burton) created a playground atmosphere… after it ended we were mourning,” said Landau backstage. He said that while he had never met Lugosi, he had watched 30 of Lugosi’s movies and listened to hours of Hungarian language tapes before playing the role.
Hugh Grant and Jamie Lee Curtis took the comedy/musical lead Globes, for their work in “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” and “True Lies,” respectively.
Curtis thanked director James Cameron and her eight-year-old daughter, Annie, for the good luck note she gave Curtis prior to the show.
Following on the heels of its CableAce domination, HBO won three Globes for “The Burning Season,’ which told the story of the murder of Brazilian activist Chico Mendez.
In addition, the evening turned out to be an impromptu and moving tribute to Raul Julia, who post-humously captured one of HBO’s Globes. “Raul was a magnificent man, a man who epitomized… dignity and grace,” said John Frankenheimer, who directed the telefilm. “He can never be replaced.”
Sophia Loren, who started acting at the age of 15 and has been in about 80 films, was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award by her peers. She said that DeMille’s work is what inspired her to become an actress. Lauren was lauded in a film retrospective narrated by Charlton Heston that included taped plaudits from Anthony Quinn and Gregory Peck.
Loren confessed backstage afterward that she “was very emotional. You get melancholy, then you get proud. My children, they are with me, so I had to swallow several times (to keep composure).” A complete list of awards follows.
MOTION PICTURES DRAMA
Paramount Pictures (Paramount Pictures)
Jessica Lange – “Blue Sky”
Tom Hanks – “Forrest Gump”
MUSICAL OR COMEDY
“The Lion King” – Walt Disney Pictures (Buena Vista)
ACTRESS, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Jamie Lee Curtis – “True Lies”
ACTOR, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Hugh Grant – “Four Weddings and a Funeral”
“Farinelli” – Stephan Films, K2 Prods. (UGC Images, Sony Pictures Classics), Belgium
Dianne Wiest – “Bullets Over Broadway”
Martin Landau – “Ed Wood”
Robert Zemeckis – “Forrest Gump”
Quentin Tarantino – “Pulp Fiction”
Hans Zimmer -” The Lion King”
“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (“The Lion King”) – music, Elton John; lyrics, Tim Rice
“The X-Files” – Chris Carter and Twentieth TV (Fox)
ACTRESS, SERIES, DRAMA
Claire Danes – “My So-Called Life”
ACTOR, SERIES, DRAMA
Dennis Franz – “NYPD Blue”
SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
“Frasier” – Grub Street Prods. (NBC) “Mad About You” – Infront Prods., Nuance Prods., TriStarTV(NBC)
ACTRESS, SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Helen Hunt – “Mad About You”
ACTOR, SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Tim Allen – “Home Improvement”
MINISERIES OR TELEFILM
“The Burning Season” – HBO Pictures (HBO)
ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR TELEFILM
Joanne Woodward -” Breathing Lessons”
ACTOR, MINISERIES OR TELEFILM
Raul Julia -” The Burning Season”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, SERIES, MINISERIES OR TELEFILM
Miranda Richardson – “Fatherland”
SUPPORTING ACTOR, SERIES, MINISERIES OR TELEFILM
Edward James Olmos – “The Burning Season”
Anita M. Busch contributed to this report.