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‘Sister,’ ‘Vinny,’ ‘League’ top Comedy Awards list

Nominations were announced yesterday for the seventh annual American Comedy Awards, to air as a two-hour ABC special on March 3, the final night of the February Nielsen sweeps.

“Sister Act,””My Cousin Vinny,””A League of Their Own” and “Wayne’s World” were among the features to receive multiple nominations, as did the TV series “Roseanne,””Seinfeld,””Murphy Brown,””Cheers” and “Saturday Night Live.”

The awards also acknowledge male and female lifetime achievement, with Bea Arthur, Shirley MacLaine, Elaine May, Joan Rivers and Jean Stapleton the award nominees on the femme side and Milton Berle, Victor Borge, Bob Newhart, Richard Pryor and Dick Van Dyke under consideration among the men.

Multiple noms

Whoopi Goldberg and Dana Carvey share the distinction of being nominated for three separate productions, with Goldberg feted for “Sister Act,””The Player” and “Comic Relief” and Carvey recognized for “Wayne’s World,””Saturday Night Live” and the “Young Comedians” special.

Separately, NBC announced nods for another made-for-TV awards show, the Soap Opera Digest Awards, which will air Feb. 26. CBS led that balloting with 22 nominations, followed by 13 apiece for ABC and NBC.

A list of comedy award nominees follows:

Actress in a motion picture: Whoopi Goldberg, “Sister Act”; Goldie Hawn, “Housesitter”; Rita Rudner, “Peter’s Friends”; Meryl Streep, “Death Becomes Her”; Marisa Tomei, “My Cousin Vinny.”

Actor in a motion picture: Nicolas Cage, “Honeymoon in Vegas”; Dana Carvey, “Wayne’s World”; Billy Crystal, “Mr. Saturday Night”; Mike Myers, “Wayne’s World”; Joe Pesci, “My Cousin Vinny.”

Supporting actress in a motion picture: Judy Davis, “Husbands & Wives”; Whoopi Goldberg, “The Player”; Kathy Najimy, “Sister Act”; Rosie O’Donnell, “A League of Their Own”; Mary Wickes, “Sister Act.”

Supporting actor in a motion picture: Tim Curry, “Passed Away”; Fred Gwynne, “My Cousin Vinny”; Tom Hanks, “A League of Their Own”; Jon Lovitz, “A League of Their Own”; Joe Pesci, “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Female performer in a TV series: Kirstie Alley, “Cheers”; Roseanne Arnold, “Roseanne”; Candice Bergen, “Murphy Brown”; Helen Hunt, “Mad About You”; Katey Sagal, “Married … With Children.”

Male performer in a TV series: Tim Allen, “Home Improvement”; Johnny Carson, “The Tonight Show”; John Goodman, “Roseanne”; Jerry Seinfeld, “Seinfeld”; Garry Shandling, “The Larry Sanders Show.”

Supporting actress in a series: Elizabeth Ashley, “Evening Shade”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Seinfeld”; Faith Ford, “Murphy Brown”; Laurie Metcalf, “Roseanne”; Bebe Neuwirth, “Cheers.”

Supporting actor in a series: Jason Alexander, “Seinfeld”; James Carrey, “In Living Color”; Dana Carvey, “Saturday Night Live”; Phil Hartman, “Saturday Night Live”; Jerry Van Dyke, “Coach.”

Female performer in a TV special: Elayne Boosler, “Elayne Boosler’s Midnight Hour”; Whoopi Goldberg, “Comic Relief V”; Bette Midler, “The Tonight Show”; Paula Poundstone, “The Paula Poundstone Show”; Lily Tomlin, “Montreal Just For Laughs Special.”

Male performer in a TV special: George Carlin, “Jammin’ in New York”; Dana Carvey, “The 15th Annual Young Comedians Special”; Billy Crystal, “The 64th Annual Academy Awards”; David Letterman, “The 11th Anniversary Special”; Robin Williams, “Comic Relief V.”

Lifetime achievement–female: Bea Arthur, Shirley MacLaine, Elaine May, Joan Rivers, Jean Stapleton.

Lifetime achievement–male: Milton Berle, Victor Borge, Bob Newhart, Richard Pryor, Dick Van Dyke.

Stand-up comic–female: Diane Ford, Kathleen Madigan, Monica Piper, Margaret Smith, Pam Stone.

Stand-up comic–male: Will Durst, Bill Hicks, Richard Jeni, Ritch Shydner, George Wallace.

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