"The English Patient" collected a leading seven nominations this week for Golden Globe Awards, regarded as a precursor to Oscar contenders.

Three other films collected five nominations apiece: "The People vs. Larry Flynt," "Shine" and "Evita."Among the acting nominees were music stars Madonna, Courtney Love and Barbra Streisand, as well as Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas.

The predawn announcement at a Beverly Hilton Hotel was designed to accommodate East Coast-based morning shows.

NBC-TV will broadcast the awards show on Jan. 19.

Dramatic picture nominees were "Breaking the Waves," "The English Patient," "The People vs. Larry Flynt," "Secrets & Lies" and "Shine."

Nominated for best musical or comedy motion picture were "The Birdcage," "Everyone Says I Love You," "Evita," "Fargo" and "Jerry Maguire."

An honorary award will be given to Dustin Hoffman.

There are about 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Unlike the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, now in their 54th year, divide films into categories of drama and musical or comedy. The group also gives out TV awards.

The Golden Globes are less prestigious than the Oscars, but they can influence Academy Award voting. Nominees for the Oscars are to be announced Feb. 11. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences members have already been mailed nomination ballots.

The Golden Globes saw a rival enter the picture this year. A former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association founded a new group, the International Press Academy, which issued its nominations on Monday.

The new group will present its Golden Satellite Awards Jan. 15, four days before the Golden Globes ceremony.

Golden Globe nominations in television categories were also announced, with cable's Home Box Office receiving a leading 18 bids, followed by NBC with 17.

Here are the nominees for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Awards:

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Drama: "Breaking the Waves," "The English Patient," "The People vs. Larry Flynt," "Secrets & Lies," "Shine."

Musical or comedy: "The Birdcage," "Everyone Says I Love You," "Evita," "Fargo," "Jerry Maguire."

Actress, drama: Brenda Blethyn for "Secrets & Lies," Courtney Love for "The People vs. Larry Flynt," Meryl Streep for "Marvin's Room," Kristin Scott Thomas for "The English Patient," Emily Watson for "Breaking the Waves."

Actor, drama: Ralph Fiennes for "The English Patient," Mel Gibson for "Ransom," Woody Harrelson for "The People vs. Larry Flynt," Liam Neeson for "Michael Collins," Geoffrey Rush for "Shine."

Actress, musical or comedy: Glenn Close for "101 Dalmatians," Madonna for "Evita," Frances McDormand for "Fargo," Debbie Reynolds for "Mother," Barbra Streisand for "The Mirror Has Two Faces."

Actor, musical or comedy: Antonio Banderas for "Evita," Kevin Costner for "Tin Cup," Tom Cruise for "Jerry Maguire," Nathan Lane for "The Birdcage," Eddie Murphy for "The Nutty Professor."

Foreign language film: "The Eighth Day" ("Le Huitieme Jour"), Belgium; "Kolya," Czeck Republic; "Luna E L'altra," Italy; "Prisoner of the Mountains," Russia; "Ridicule," France.

Supporting actress, drama, musical or comedy: Joan Allen for "The Crucible," Lauren Bacall for "The Mirror Has Two Faces," Juliette Binoche for "The English Patient," Barbara Hershey for "The Portrait of a Lady," Marianne Jean-Baptiste for "Secrets & Lies," Marion Ross for "The Evening Star."

Supporting actor, drama, musical or comedy: Cuba Gooding Jr. for "Jerry Maguire," Samuel L. Jackson for "A Time to Kill," Edward Norton for "Primal Fear," Paul Scofield for "The Crucible," James Woods for "Ghosts of Mississippi."

Director: Joel Coen for "Fargo," Milos Forman for "The People vs. Larry Flynt," Scott Hicks for "Shine," Anthony Minghella for "The English Patient," Alan Parker for "Evita."

Screenplay: "The People vs. Larry Flynt," Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski; "Fargo," Ethan Coen and Joel Coen; "The English Patient," Anthony Minghella; "Shine," Jan Sardi; "Lone Star," John Sayles.

Original score: "Michael Collins," Elliot Goldenthal; "The Mirror Has Two Faces," Marvin Hamlisch; "Shine," David Hirschfelder; "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," Alan Menken; "The English Patient," Gabriel Yared.

Original song: "Because You Loved Me" from "Up Close and Personal," "For the First Time" from "One Fine Day," "I've Finally Found Someone" from "The Mirror Has Two Faces," "You Must Love Me" from "Evita," "That Thing You Do!" from "That Thing You Do!"

TELEVISION

Drama series: "Chicago Hope," "ER," "NYPD Blue," "Party of Five," "The X-Files."

Musical or comedy series: "3rd Rock From the Sun," "Frasier," "Friends," "The Larry Sanders Show," "Mad About You," "Seinfeld."

Actress, drama: Gillian Anderson for "The X-Files," Christine Lahti for "Chicago Hope," Heather Locklear for "Melrose Place," Jane Seymour for "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," Sherry Stringfield for "ER."

Actor, drama: George Clooney for "ER," David Duchovny for "The X-Files," Anthony Edwards for "ER," Lance Henriksen for "Millenium," Jimmy Smits for "NYPD Blue."

Actress, musical or comedy: Brett Butler for "Grace Under Fire," Fran Drescher for "The Nanny," Helen Hunt for "Mad About You," Cybill Shepherd for "Cybill," Brooke Shields for "Suddenly Susan," Tracey Ullman for "Tracey Takes On . . ."

Actor, musical or comedy: Tim Allen for "Home Improvement," Michael J. Fox for "Spin City," Kelsey Grammer for "Frasier," John Lithgow for "3rd Rock From the Sun," Paul Reiser for "Mad About You."

Miniseries or movie made for television: "Crime of the Century," "If These Walls Could Talk," "Gotti," "Hidden in America," "Losing Chase," "Rasputin."

Actress, miniseries or movie made for television: Ashley Judd for "Norma Jean & Marilyn," Helen Mirren for "Losing Chase," Demi Moore for "If These Walls Could Talk," Isabella Rossellini for "Crime of the Century," Mira Sorvino for "Norma Jean & Marilyn."

Actor, miniseries or movie made for television: Armand Assante for "Gotti," Beau Bridges for "Losing Chase," Stephen Rea for "Crime of the Century," Alan Rickman for "Rasputin," James Woods for "The Summer of Ben Tyler."

Supporting actress, series, miniseries or movie made for television: Christine Baranski for "Cybill," Kathy Bates for "The Late Shift," Cher for "If These Walls Could Talk," Kristen Johnston for "3rd Rock From the Sun," Greta Scacchi for "Rasputin."

Supporting actor, series, miniseries or movie made for television: Ian McKellen for "Rasputin," David Paymer for "Crime of the Century," David Hyde Pierce for "Frasier," Anthony Quinn for "Gotti," Noah Wyle for "ER."