Hollywood Foreign Press Association Holds Awards Gala
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ ″Amadeus,″ the movie about Mozart’s life, and ″The Killing Fields,″ a study of two friends in war-torn Cambodia, were among the favorites Saturday for the 42nd annual Golden Globe Awards.
Screen star Elizabeth Taylor was to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for contributions to the film industry, with actress-singer Liza Minelli presenting the honor.
″Amadeus″ and ″The Killing Fields″ were nominated for six awards each by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which also honors television achievement during the awards ceremony. ″A Passage to India,″ David Lean’s film of the E.M. Forster novel, had five nominations.
British actor Michael York was the principal host of the event after actress Raquel Welch dropped out only a couple of days ago, leaving the producers scrambling for a co-host. The show was to be beamed around the world by satellite Sunday.
Actor James Stewart, one of the scheduled presenters, also sent his regrets, saying the celebration of President Reagan’s inaugural in Washington, D.C., had left him exhausted.
Other scheduled presenters at the Beverly Hilton Hotel were Scott Baio, Karen Black, Bruce Boxleitner, Eileen Brennan, Gary Busey, Diahann Carroll, Lynda Carter, Mary Crosby, Jamie Lee Curtis, Faye Dunaway, Morgan Fairchild, Elliot Gould, Glenn Ford, Pee-Wee Herman, Margot Kidder, Donna Mills, George Peppard, John Schneider and William Shatner.
The entertainment menu featured Nell Carter - a nominee for her role in the TV series ″Gimme a Break 3/8″ - singing an opening number to the black-tie audience, and Rich Little doing impressions of some of the famous guests.
Marilyn McCoo, Ann Jillian, Engelbert Humperdinck, Alfonso Ribeiro and Nia Peeples were on tap to perform best film song nominees.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association awards have long been regarded as an indication of what the Academy Awards race will look like. However, there are more winners of Golden Globes because in the best picture, actress and actor categories, separate awards are given for drama and for musical or comedy.
″What it has always been, to a degree, is a tip-off to what the Oscars will be like,″ said Paul Shefrin, a spokesman for Dick Clark, the show’s producer. ″It certainly has an influence, just as Monday night’s American Music Awards set the tone for the Grammys.″
In addition to 13 film awards, the association voted on 11 awards for television, broken down into the categories of drama series, comedy series and motion picture mini-series.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has 73 active members around the globe, with branches in Egypt, India, Germany, Australia, Japan and England, as well as the United States, said association spokesman Yani Begakis.
He said the association’s main source of revenue is the Golden Globes ceremony, specifically from the sale of domestic and foreign television syndication rights.