Leftovers, odds and ends, stuff 'n' nonsense and other various and sundry matters left undone . . . until now:
- DID YOU WATCH the Golden Globe Awards last Saturday? Not if you didn't have cable.Ted Turner bought up the rights to the show, aired it on his basic cable superstation WTBS, and wouldn't let anyone else show it. That means those without cable couldn't have watched it if they wanted to.
Turner's motivation, of course, is to encourage people who don't have cable to buy it so they can watch exclusive programs such as the Golden Globes, but it may have had a backfiring effect.
While the Golden Globes, which are awarded annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation and which include awards for television, are frowned upon by critics, they do seem to signal the frontrunners for Oscar nominations.
But outside of the show business community, I'm not sure anyone much cared about them this year. Locally, both daily newspapers played the winners down on an inside page - and didn't even list all the winners.
Still, some of the major winners among movies are worth noting, especially in light of the upcoming Oscar race.
The Golden Globe movie categories are broader than those of the Oscars, with five nominees each for best drama and for best comedy or musical. Thus you have two best movies each year, along with two best actors and two best actresses.
But this year was especially confusing. There were two best actors and four best actresses. That happened because the dramatic actress category resulted in a three-way tie.
The tie was Shirley MacLaine for "Madame Sousatzka," Jodie Foster for "The Accused" and Sigourney Weaver for "Gorillas in the Mist." On the comedy side for women, Melanie Griffith won for "Working Girl." (To complicate things further, Weaver also won the award for best supporting actress, for "Working Girl.")
Dustin Hoffman won on the actor's dramatic award for "Rain Man," and the best actor in a comedy was Tom Hanks for "Big."
Best pictures were "Rain Man" and "Working Girl."
The only obvious Oscar signal here would seem to be Hoffman, whom many consider a shoo-in for the best actor Oscar. "Rain Man" is also considered the strongest best picture contender.
But everything else would seem to be up for grabs.
An even bigger surprise than the best actress tie was the award for best director, which went to Clint Eastwood for "Bird." That choice would seem to be a dark horse in the Oscar race.
As if to verify that, in fact, the Director's Guild Award nominations, announced two days after the Golden Globes were handed out, omitted Eastwood entirely. In the guild's 40-year history, only three times has the award differed from the Oscar.
So what does all this mean? Well, it could mean a much more interesting Oscar race than we've had in recent years - one that will be harder to call ahead of time.
There will be more Oscar speculation on these pages in the next few weeks, of course. In fact, you'll hear so much about the Oscars between now and March 29 you'll be sick of them before they happen.
Overkill: Journalism's creed.
Oscar nominations will be announced Feb. 15.
Aren't you excited?
- THE FOLKS AT Disney continue to have one success after another. "Three Fugitives" and "Beaches" were both in the top 10 this past week, adding to an already incredible string of wildly successful movies.
So now the studio has announced it is creating yet another movie production company in addition to the already existing Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone Films.
The new company is Hollywood Pictures and will produce 12 movies a year - that's 12 movies over and above what the other two Disney companies produce.
So what's next? Will Disney one day decide to buy up all the other studios instead of just creating new ones?
Will we see Columbia's Lady Liberty with Mickey Mouse ears? Will Paramount's new logo be its familiar mountain being scaled by Bette Midler? Will Universal's globe have Roger Rabbit peeking out from behind?
Kind of makes you shudder, doesn't it?
- PAUL MAZURSKY, the director of "An Unmarried Woman," "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," etc., whose most recent film, "Moon Over Parador," did not exactly set box offices on fire, was the emcee at the United States Film Festival awards ceremony in Park City last week.
Asked how he was chosen for the task, Mazursky said, "I don't know. I guess they heard my last movie didn't make any money and thought I needed a job."
- OVERHEARD IN the audience of a movie at the film festival last week:
He: Why do you suppose people in the movies use the 'F-word' so often?
She: So the actors don't have to learn as much dialogue.
- QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Sean Cunningham, director of "Deepstar Six," explaining to Michael Janusonis, of the Providence Journal, the success of one of his earlier films, the first "Friday the 13th" movie, which has spawned six sequels:
"It's a fairy tale, which gets told over and over and over again. And if you're doing it right, you don't change the fairy tale. That explains the cliched nature of what has become the formula horror film."