NEW YORK (AP) _ ''Blue Velvet'' was named the best movie of 1986 and Dennis Hopper was chosen best supporting actor in voting on nine categories by the National Society of Film Critics.

David Lynch, who directed ''Blue Velvet,'' and Frederick Elmes, who shot it, were voted best director and best cinematographer. Dennis Hopper portrayed a sadistic criminal in the movie about the dark side of small-town America.

The best screenplay category was won by Hanif Kureishi for ''My Beautiful Laundrette.''

Other awards went to ''Marlene,'' best documentary; Bob Hoskins, ''Mona Lisa, best actor; Chloe Webb, ''Sid and Nancy,'' best actress, and Diane Wiest, ''Hannah and Her Sisters,'' best supporting actress.

The society conducted the vote here Sunday with 31 reviewers participating.


DENVER (AP) - Before Sunday, the Denver Broncos hadn't won a playoff game in nine years and Gov. Richard Lamm hadn't won a football bet.

''I sure have delivered a lot of Coors beer and Rocky Mountain oysters and Stetson hats,'' Lamm said, referring to payment made for past bets lost.

But Lamm will be on the receiving end for once, after the Broncos beat the New England Patriots 22-17 in first-round professional football playoff action.

Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis bet Lamm the Patriots would beat the Broncos. The wager was two lobsters and 10 pounds of fresh cranberries against Lamm's couple of legs of spring lamb and some Colorado candy.

''It was just about one of the most satisfying games I've seen in a long time,'' Lamm said.


MADRID, Spain (AP) - King Juan Carlos celebrated his 49th birthday Monday, and the royal household said he received hundreds of greetings from around the world.

The king, who became head of state Nov. 22, 1975, two days after the death of Gen. Francisco Franco, was born in Rome on Jan. 5, 1938, during the Spanish royal family's exile following the dethroning of his grandfather, King Alfonso XIII, in 1931.

Officials said the king spent his birthday in private in his Zarzuela palace accompanied by Queen Sofia, their three children and other relatives, including ex-King Constantine of Greece and his wife Anne Marie. Constantine is Sofia's brother.


PERTH, Australia (AP) - Dennis Waterman, star of British television's popular ''Minder'' series, has married his long-time girlfriend, actress Rula Lenska, who has appeared in commercials in the United States.

The two, who are appearing together here in a stage production of Tom Stoppard's ''The Real Thing,'' were married Sunday but the news did not surface until Monday.

Australian Associated Press said Waterman, 38, and Ms. Lenska, 40, were married in a private ceremony at a friend's home in Perth's Shenton Park suburb. AAP said only 40 guests were invited.

The couple's children by previous marriages, Hannah, Julia and Lara, were bridesmaids.


AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) - The Americus Housing Authority will erect a plaque at a public housing project that once provided a home for former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, a spokesman announced Monday.

Carter, the only U.S. president who was helped directly by public housing, has agreed to attend the ceremony Jan. 22 at the Dura Apartments in nearby Plains, said authority director Jim Robinson.

The plaque will be installed outside apartment 5A, where the Carters lived from 1953 to 1954.

Carter has said he and his wife applied for the apartment in his hometown because they had no certain income after his discharge from the Navy. He later became a successful peanut farmer, served as governor of Georgia and was elected president in 1976.


MARION, Ill. (AP) - At age 14, Jim Fishback happily spent his time spinning records in a room at his grandmother's house, using equipment collected at flea markets to run his amateur radio station.

Then, with a transmitter of less than one watt, his station WDFD was just strong enough to cover the neighborhood.

Now, nearly two years later, he's the youngest disc jockey at a commercial station, WGGH in Marion. The high school freshman pulls a three-hour air shift after school, Monday through Friday, and puts in a six-hour stint at the microphone each Sunday.

''I'm doing exactly what I want,'' he said recently.

''There are times I'd like to be out, but not very often,'' he said. ''I usually enjoy being here after I get started.''

''I've never seen anyone so into radio in my life,'' said WGGH owner George W. Dodds.