"Working Girl," a film comedy about a secretary striving to succeed in business, dominated the field Wednesday with six Golden Globe Awards nominations, while "L.A. Law" led the TV competition with seven nominations.
Melanie Griffith, whose portrayal in "Working Girl" has gained her critical acclaim, received a nomination for best actress in a comedy, while her co-star, Sigourney Weaver, was nominated for best supporting actress.The film also received the best film musical or comedy nomination, won Mike Nichols a nomination for best director, picked up a best screenplay nomination for Kevin Wade and garnered the best original song nomination for Carly Simon's "Let the River Run."
The Golden Globes, awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are traditionally viewed as an early barometer for films contending for Academy Award nominations, which will be announced Feb. 29.
Golden Globe nominations were announced in 13 categories in film and 11 in television. The awards will be presented Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast on cable television by WTBS from Atlanta.
NBC's "L.A. Law," about the trials and tribulations at a Los Angeles legal firm, earned nominations for best TV series and acting nominations for Susan Dey, Jill Eikenberry, Corbin Bernsen and Harry Hamlin.
Dey and Eikenberry were nominated for best actress in a dramatic TV role. Bernsen and Hamlin were nominated for best actor in a dramatic series.
"L.A. Law" co-stars Susan Ruttan and Larry Drake were nominated for best supporting actress and actor.
The acting award nominations were separated into two categories - dramatic performances and comedies, musicals.
So while "Working Girl," a comedy about a power struggle between a ruthless boss and her ambitious secretary, led all films with six nominations, dramatic movies were led by "Running on Empty" with five nominations, including best motion picture.
The top acting awards were divided between drama and comedy. However, supporting actor and actress nominations straddled both categories.
The top television comedy was NBC's "Cheers" with three nominations, including one for Ted Danson for best actor in a comedy series and Rhea Perlman for best supporting actress.
Only Weaver earned acting nominations for both comedy and drama performances. She also received a nomination for her portrayal of wildlife conservationist Dian Fossey in "Gorillas in the Mist."
Her competition for best actress in a motion picture drama includes Jodie Foster in "The Accused," Christine Lahti in "Running on Empty," Shirley MacLaine in "Madame Sousatzka" and Meryl Streep in "A Cry in the Dark."
Globe nominations in the dramatic film categories were dominated by several films being heavily promoted for Oscar consideration.
The best actor in a motion picture drama included nominations of several stars considered as strong Oscar contenders, including Gene Hackman for "Mississippi Burning," Dustin Hoffman for "Rain Man," Forest Whitaker for "Bird," Edward James Olmos for "Stand and Deliver" and Tom Hulce for "Dominick and Eugene."
"Running on Empty," a look at two 1960s radical parents struggling to preserve their family, also received key nominations for director Sidney Lumet and its teenage co-star, River Phoenix, for best supporting actor, and Naomi Foner for best screenplay.
Right behind it were "A Cry in the Dark," "Mississippi Burning" and "Rain Man" with four nominations each.
All of them joined "Running on Empty" in nominations for best motion picture drama, a field that also included "The Accidental Tourist," "Gorillas in the Mist" and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being."
Besides Streep's nomination, "A Cry in the Dark" also earned nominations for Fred Schepisi as best director and for both Schepisi and Robert Caswell for best screenplay.
"Mississippi Burning," a fictionalized account of racial strife in the South in 1964, earned nominations for Hackman, for Alan Parker as best director and for Chris Gerolmo for best screenplay.
"Rain Man," currently leading the box office standings with $42.3 million in grosses in less than one month, garnered nominations for Hoffman, for Barry Levinson as best director and for Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass for best screenplay.
Three nominations apiece went to "Bird," Clint Eastwood's film biography of jazz legend Charlie Parker, and to "A Fish Called Wanda," runner-up to "Working Girl" in nominations for film comedies.
In "Bird," co-star Diane Venora was nominated for best supporting actress for her role as Parker's long-suffering wife and Eastwood for best director.
"A Fish Called Wanda" joined "Working Girl," "Big," "Midnight Run" and 1988's overall box-office champion, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" in nominations for best film musical or comedy.