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‘Truman,’ Bard win noms

Golden Globes salute 'Ryan' five times; 'Line' blanked

Truman Burbank, Will Shakespeare and Private James Ryan are in the lead, followed by Queen Elizabeth, Sen. Bulworth, Little Voice and the gods in the battle for Golden Globe noms, announced Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.

Miramax’s “Shakespeare in Love” and Paramount’s “The Truman Show” tied with six noms, followed by DreamWorks’ “Saving Private Ryan” with five.

The film nominations were spread among many contenders: Thirty-six pics nabbed noms, with 19 grabbing just one apiece.

On the television side, NBC garnered 20 bids, including five for “Just Shoot Me” (the most for any sitcom since “The Golden Girls” got four in 1987) and four for “ER.” ABC took 12, including four for “Dharma & Greg.” Fox Broadcasting had seven noms, its most ever.

20th Century Fox TV led television suppliers with 14 nominations, nine more than its nearest competitor.

‘Rat Pack’ rolls deuce

HBO more than doubled last year’s haul with nine noms, including two for “The Rat Pack.” Among longforms, NBC’s “Merlin” led the pack with four, followed by HBO’s “Gia” and Showtime’s “The Baby Dance” with three apiece.

In certain categories, the Globes divide contenders into dramas and comedies. For best drama pic, “Ryan” and “Truman” will compete with “Elizabeth,” “Gods and Monsters” and “The Horse Whisperer.”

For musical or comedy, nods went to “Bulworth,” “The Mask of Zorro,” “Still Crazy,” “Patch Adams,” “Shakespeare” and “There’s Something About Mary.”

On the acting side, dramatic noms went to Stephen Fry for “Wilde,” Tom Hanks for “Saving Private Ryan,” Ian McKellen in “Gods and Monsters,” Nick Nolte for “Affliction” and Jim Carrey in “The Truman Show,” who joked in a phone interview with Daily Variety that the nod was “either the biggest compliment in the world or another White House smokescreen — just another way of delaying the impeachment process.”

Noms for actor in a musical or comedy pic went to Antonio Banderas in “The Mask of Zorro,” Warren Beatty in “Bulworth,” Michael Caine in “Little Voice,” John Travolta in “Primary Colors” and Robin Williams in “Patch Adams.”

“I feel especially good about this because the film was released so long ago and in the midst of such hugely promoted movies,” said Beatty in a phone interview. “When you do a film about politics and race and disparity of wealth and manic depression that winds up in death, it’s not going to be a huge commercial bet, but at least you’d like to be noticed.”

Dying to win

Women facing life-threatening ordeals are in the majority in the race for actress in a drama film, as nods went to Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth,” Fernanda Montenegro in “Central Station,” Susan Sarandon in “Stepmom,” Meryl Streep in “One True Thing” and Emily Watson for “Hilary and Jackie.”

There are two bids this year for actresses playing Queen Elizabeth I: In addition to Blanchett, Judi Dench is nominated as supporting actress for “Shakespeare.”

Nods for actress in a musical or comedy went to Cameron Diaz in “There’s Something About Mary,” Jane Horrocks in “Little Voice,” Gwyneth Paltrow in “Shakespeare in Love,” Christina Ricci in “The Opposite of Sex” and Meg Ryan in “You’ve Got Mail.”

Director nods make no distinction between musical/comedy and drama pics. The contenders are Shekhar Kapur for “Elizabeth,” John Madden for “Shakespeare in Love,” Robert Redford for “The Horse Whisperer,” Steven Spielberg for “Saving Private Ryan” and Peter Weir for “The Truman Show.” Except “Shakespeare,” all the pics were nominated in the drama category.

Key Oscar barometer

Along with critics’ year-end prizes, the Globes are often hailed as a key barometer of Oscar possibilities, and the Globes’ timing here is certainly crucial: The awards ceremony at the BevHilton will be held Jan. 24, roughly three weeks before Oscar noms come out.

But as an Oscar gauge, the Globes have a mixed track record. In years when there is a clear front-runner, such as “Forrest Gump,” the awards closely correlate with the Oscars. However, in a wide-open year, the numbers are spottier: in 1997, for example, the year of “The English Patient,” only two of the Oscar winners in the seven major categories (picture, director, screenplay and four acting races) had won a Golden Globe.

Among the surprises this year were the nomination of “The Mask of Zorro” as a musical or comedy — few observers could recall much humor in it and only a single dance sequence — and the nod to “Still Crazy,” a Sony comedy that hasn’t been widely seen yet, having opened only last week in L.A. for a one-week Oscar qualifying run.

Interestingly, an American picture — John Sayles’ “Men With Guns” — was among the nominees for foreign-language film. Sayles shot the Sony Pictures Classics release in Spanish in Mexico. Other pics in the category were “Central Station” (Brazil), “The Celebration” (Denmark), “The Polish Bride” (Netherlands) and “Tango” (Argentina). Because it was not released in its home territory in the current calendar year, Italy’s critically acclaim “Life Is Beautiful” was ineligible for the Globes.

Thin red zero

In a room filled with publicists brimming with hope, Fox’s highly touted “The Thin Red Line” didn’t receive a single nomination, and other high-profile pics had low tallies. “The Prince of Egypt” only nabbed two. “Any animated movie would have an uphill climb,” said DreamWorks spokeswoman Terry Press. “We’re realists here.”

“Stepmom,” “A Bug’s Life,” “A Civil Action” and “Rushmore” only received one nomination each. Completely shut out were “Beloved,” “American History X” and “Pleasantville” (the last of which this week took home 10 Golden Satellite noms from the Intl. Press Academy, an org founded by a former president of the HFPA).

Among the actors who did not receive Globe bids were Joseph Fiennes and Julia Roberts, who played the title roles in “Shakespeare” and “Stepmom,” respectively.

The Globe noms could give an Oscar push to such hopefuls as Nolte (who won a New York critics award), Beatty, Sarandon and Montenegro.

TV time

In TV, first-time nominee “Just Shoot Me” led the field with five noms, including one for supporting actor. Since that category lumps together sitcoms, drama series and longforms, one observer at the early ayem BevHilton announcement whispered, “Did you ever think you’d see David Spade and Gregory Peck in the same category of anything?”

While CBS had an abysmal showing, with only one nom, and was particularly upset by the omission of “Everybody Loves Raymond” among the nominees, the WB netlet received its first two bids ever, both for frosh drama “Felicity.”

First-time nominees include Christina Applegate (“Jesse”) and Laura San Giacomo (“Just Shoot Me”) for comedy actress; Thomas Gibson (“Dharma & Greg”) and George Segal (“Just Shoot Me”) for comedy actor; Keri Russell for drama actress (“Felicity”) and Dylan McDermott for drama actor (“The Practice”).

“The Practice” received its first three nominations ever, earning bids for best drama and supporting actress (Emmy winner Camryn Manheim).

“Ally McBeal,” “Practice” and “X-Files” each had three noms. Two longtime nominees, “Mad About You” and “Seinfeld” (in its final season), received none. Also missing was last year’s drama-actress winner Christine Lahti (“Chicago Hope”), Dennis Franz (“NYPD Blue”) and George Clooney (“ER”) for drama actor and Brooke Shields (“Suddenly Susan”) in the comedy actress category.

(Timothy M. Gray contributed to this article.)

A complete list of nominations follows:

MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
1. ELIZABETH, Working Title Films; Gramercy Pictures
2. GODS AND MONSTERS, Regent Entertainment; Lions Gate
3. THE HORSE WHISPERER, Touchstone Pictures; Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
4. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, DreamWorks & Paramount Pictures; DreamWorks & Paramount Pictures
5. THE TRUMAN SHOW, Paramount Pictures; Paramount Pictures

MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
1. BULWORTH, Twentieth Century Fox; Twentieth Century Fox
2. THE MASK OF ZORRO, Amblin Entertainment; TriStar Pictures, Inc.
3. PATCH ADAMS, Blue-Wolf-Farrell/Minoff-Bungalow 8; Universal Pictures
4. SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, Miramax Films/Universal Pictures/The Bedford Falls Company; Miramax Films/Universal Pictures
5. STILL CRAZY, Marmot Tandy Ltd.; Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
6. THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, Twentieth Century Fox; Twentieth Century Fox

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
1. CATE BLANCHETT, Elizabeth
2. FERNANDA MONTENEGRO, Central Station
3. SUSAN SARANDON, Stepmom
4. MERYL STREEP, One True Thing
5. EMILY WATSON, Hilary and Jackie

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
1. JIM CARREY, The Truman Show
2. STEPHEN FRY, Wilde
3. TOM HANKS, Saving Private Ryan
4. IAN McKELLEN, Gods and Monsters
5. NICK NOLTE, Affliction

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
1. CAMERON DIAZ, There’s Something About Mary
2. JANE HORROCKS, Little Voice
3. GWYNETH PALTROW, Shakespeare in Love
4. CHRISTINA RICCI, The Opposite of Sex
5. MEG RYAN, You’ve Got Mail

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
1. ANTONIO BANDERAS, The Mask of Zorro
2. WARREN BEATTY, Bulworth
3. MICHAEL CAINE, Little Voice
4. JOHN TRAVOLTA, Primary Colors
5. ROBIN WILLIAMS, Patch Adams

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
1. THE CELEBRATION (FESTEN), Nimbus Films Prod.; October Films – DENMARK
2. CENTRAL STATION, Sony Pictures Classics – BRAZIL
3. HOMBRES ARMADOS (MEN WITH GUNS), Lexington Road Prods./Clear Blue Sky Prods.; Sony Pictures Classics – USA Spanish Language)
4. THE POLISH BRIDE (DE POOLSE BRUID), Motel Films/Ijswater Films – THE NETHERLANDS
5. TANGO, Alma Ata Int’l Pictures; Sony Pictures Classics – ARGENTINA

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
1. KATHY BATES, Primary Colors
2. BRENDA BLETHYN, Little Voice
3. JUDI DENCH, Shakespeare in Love
4. LYNN REDGRAVE, Gods and Monsters
5. SHARON STONE, The Mighty

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
1. ROBERT DUVALL, A Civil Action
2. ED HARRIS, The Truman Show
3. BILL MURRAY, Rushmore
4. GEOFFREY RUSH, Shakespeare in Love
5. DONALD SUTHERLAND, Without Limits
6. BILLY BOB THORNTON, A Simple Plan

DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
1. SHEKHAR KAPHUR, Elizabeth
2. JOHN MADDEN, Shakespeare in Love
3. ROBERT REDFORD, The Horse Whisperer
4. STEVEN SPIELBERG, Saving Private Ryan
5. PETER WEIR, The Truman Show

SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
1. WARREN BEATTY/JEREMY PIKSER, Bulworth
2. ANDREW NICCOL, The Truman Show
3. MARC NORMAN/TOM STOPPARD, Shakespeare in Love
4. ROBERT RODAT, Saving Private Ryan
5. TODD SOLONDZ, Happiness

ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
1. BURKHARD DALLWITZ/Additional music by PHILIP GLASS, The Truman Show
2. JERRY GOLDSMITH, Mulan
3. RANDY NEWMAN, A Bug’s Life
4. STEPHEN SCHWARTZ/HANS ZIMMER, The Prince of Egypt
5. JOHN WILLIAMS, Saving Private Ryan

ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
1. THE FLAME STILL BURNS – Still Crazy; Music and Lyrics: Mick Jones, Marti Frederiksen, Chris Difford
2. THE MIGHTY – The Mighty; Music: Sting; Lyrics: Sting and Trevor Jones
3. THE PRAYER – Quest For Camelot: The Magic Sword; Music and Lyrics: David Foster & Carole Bayer Sager (Italian Translation: Alberto Testa and Tony Renis)
4. REFLECTION – Mulan; Music: Matthew Wilder; Lyrics: David Zippel

5. UNINVITED – City of Angels; Music and Lyrics: Alanis Morissette
6. WHEN YOU BELIEVE – The Prince of Egypt; Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz

TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
1. ER, Constant c Prods./Amblin TV/Warner Bros. TV; NBC
2. FELICITY, Imagine TV/Touchstone TV; WB
3. LAW & ORDER, Dick Wolf Films/Studios USA; NBC
4. THE PRACTICE, 20th Century Fox TV/David E. Kelley Prods.; ABC
5. THE X-FILES, 20th Century Fox TV/Ten Thirteen Prods.; FOX

TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
1. ALLY McBEAL, David E. Kelley/20th Century Fox TV; FOX
2. DHARMA AND GREG, Chuck Lorre/4to6Foot/20th Century Fox TV; ABC
3. FRASIER, Grub Street Prods./Paramount TV; NBC
4. JUST SHOOT ME, Brillstein-Grey Ent.; NBC
5. SPIN CITY, UBU Prods./Lottery Hill Ent./DreamWorks TV; ABC

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
1. GILLIAN ANDERSON, The X-Files
2. KIM DELANEY, NYPD Blue
3. ROMA DOWNEY, Touched by an Angel
4. JULIANNA MARGULIES, ER
5. KERI RUSSELL, Felicity

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

1. DAVID DUCHOVNY, The X-Files
2. ANTHONY EDWARDS, ER
3. LANCE HENRIKSEN, Millennium
4. DYLAN McDERMOTT, The Practice
5. JIMMY SMITS, NYPD Blue

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
1. CHRISTINA APPLEGATE, Jesse
2. JENNA ELFMAN, Dharma and Greg
3. CALISTA FLOCKHART, Ally McBeal
4. LAURA SAN GIACOMO, Just Shoot Me
5. SARAH JESSICA PARKER, Sex and the City

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
1. MICHAEL J. FOX, Spin City
2. THOMAS GIBSON, Dharma and Greg
3. KELSEY GRAMMER, Frasier
4. JOHN LITHGOW, 3rd Rock from the Sun
5. GEORGE SEGAL, Just Shoot Me

MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
1. THE BABY DANCE, Showtime/Egg Pictrs./Pacific Motion Pictrs.; Showtime
2. FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, HBO/Imagine Ent./Clavius Base; HBO
3. GIA, Marvin Worth/Citadel Ent./Kahn Powers Pictrs.; HBO
4. MERLIN, Hallmark Entertainment; NBC
5. THE TEMPTATIONS, de Passe Ent.; NBC

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
1. STOCKARD CHANNING, The Baby Dance
2. LAURA DERN, The Baby Dance
3. ANGELINA JOLIE, Gia
4. ANN-MARGRET, Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story
5. MIRANDA RICHARDSON, Merlin

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
1. PETER FONDA, The Tempest
2. SAM NEILL, Merlin
3. BILL PAXTON, A Bright Shining Lie
4. CHRISTOPHER REEVE, Rear Window
5. PATRICK STEWART, Moby Dick
6. STANLEY TUCCI, Winchell

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
1. HELENA BONHAM CARTER, Merlin
2. FAYE DUNAWAY, Gia
3. JANE KRAKOWSKI, Ally McBeal
4. WENDIE MALICK, Just Shoot Me
5. CAMRYN MANHEIM, The Practice
6. SUSAN SULLIVAN, Dharma and Greg

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
1. DON CHEADLE, The Rat Pack
2. JOE MANTEGNA, The Rat Pack
3. GREGORY PECK, Moby Dick
4. DAVID SPADE, Just Shoot Me
5. NOAH WYLE, ER

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