BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The military courtroom drama "A Few Good Men," starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, led in nominations for the 50th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced yesterday. The Rob Reiner-directed film received nods in five key categories, including best dramatic motion picture, actor, supporting actor, director and screenwriter.
Walt Disney Pictures' animated feature "Aladdin" also received five nominations -- best motion picture comedy or musical category and four for its critically praised song score.
Receiving four nominations apiece were the Merchant/Ivory production of the romantic "Howards End," the satirical "The Player," "Scent of a Woman," and "Unforgiven."
British actress Miranda Richardson and Al Pacino were nominated twice in separate categories, but Tim Robbins has the virtually unprecedented distinction of competing against himself for best actor in "Bob Roberts" and "The Player." Among TV programs honored with the nominations made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, three shows led with four nominations each: CBS' offbeat series "Northern Exposure," ABC's sitcom "Roseanne," and HBO's drama "Stalin." But overall, it was NBC that dominated the TV categories with 24 nominations -- more than twice that of second-place CBS, which had 11.
As the first of the major movie awards, the Golden Globes are regarded by many in Hollywood as a time-tested signpost for the film industry's highest awards -- the Oscars -- to be given in March by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Other nominations for the drama prize are director Neal Jordan's suspenseful "The Crying Game," and "Scent of a Woman."
Other comedy or musical nominees are "Enchanted April" from Miramax, "Honeymoon in Vegas" from Columbia, "The Player" from Fine Line, and "Sister Act" from Disney's Touchstone division.
Other directors are Robert Redford for "A River Runs Through It," Robert Altman for "The Player," Clint Eastwood for "Unforgiven" and James Ivory for "Howards End."
All five nominees for best screenplays were also selected in best picture categories: Bo Goldman for "Scent of a Woman," Ruth Prawer Jhabvala for "Howards End," Aaron Sorkin for "A Few Good Men," Michael Tolkin for "The Player" and David Webb Peoples for "Unforgiven."
"Howards End" star Emma Thompson, who has been named best actress by the Los Angeles and New York critics, was among best dramatic actress nominees, while Robert Downey Jr.'s much lauded performance as silent screen star Charlie Chaplin won him a nod among the best dramatic actors.
Other TV dramas nominated include "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Homefront," "I'll Fly Away," and "Sisters."
Best TV comedy series nominees are "Brooklyn Bridge," "Cheers," "Evening Shade" "Murphy Brown" and "Roseanne." The low-rated "Brooklyn Bridge" was recently pulled from the CBS schedule.
The Golden Globes will be awarded during a ceremony scheduled for Jan. 23, and will be televised live by the Turner Broadcasting System.