BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - "Titanic" captured a leading eight nominations for the Golden Globe awards today, including selections for best dramatic motion picture and best dramatic actor for Leonardo DiCaprio.
Director James Brooks' "As Good As It Gets" earned six nominations, including best musical or comic movie. The crime thriller "L.A. Confidential" collected five nominations, and "Amistad" and "Good Will Hunting" each received four nods.
Besides "Titanic," the dramatic movie nominees were "Amistad," "The Boxer," "Good Will Hunting" and "L.A. Confidential."
The musical or comic movie selections were "As Good As It Gets," "The Full Monty," "Men In Black," "My Best Friend's Wedding" and "Wag the Dog."
Unlike the Oscars, most Golden Globe nominations are divided into two categories, dramas and musical comedies.
Facing DiCaprio in the dramatic actor race were Matt Damon from "Good Will Hunting," Daniel Day-Lewis in "The Boxer," Peter Fonda in "Ulee's Gold" and Djimon Hounsou in "Amistad."
The best dramatic actress picks: Helena Bonham Carter from "The Wings of the Dove," Judi Dench in "(Her Majesty) Mrs. Brown," Jodie Foster in "Contact," Jessica Lange in "A Thousand Acres" and Kate Winslet from "Titanic."
Nominated for musical or comic actor: Jim Carrey for "Liar, Liar," Dustin Hoffman from "Wag the Dog," Samuel L. Jackson for "Jackie Brown," Kevin Kline for "In & Out" and Jack Nicholson for "As Good As It Gets."
The musical or comic actress nominations went to Joey Lauren Adams in "Chasing Amy," Pam Grier for "Jackie Brown," Helen Hunt for "As Good As It Gets," Jennifer Lopez for "Selena" and Julia Roberts in "My Best Friend's Wedding."
In one mild surprise, "Jackie Brown" failed to get nominations for best picture or best director for Quentin Tarantino.
The 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who select Golden Globe nominations and winners, closely followed earlier film critics' year-end honors.
The awards will be presented in a televised ceremony on Jan. 18.
In the last 18 years, 13 of the 36 Golden Globe best picture winners have repeated for the best picture Oscar.
But the organization has also made some unusual selections, ranging from an award to Pia Zadora to, more recently, a best picture win for "Evita."
Besides Brooks, best director nominations went to James Cameron ("Titanic"), Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential"), Jim Sheridan ("The Boxer") and Steven Spielberg ("Amistad").
Golden Glove members also make nominations and present awards in several television categories. For best drama series, the nominations were "Chicago Hope," "ER," "Law & Order," "NYPD Blue" and "The X-Files."
Musical or comic TV series selections were "3rd Rock From the Sun," "Ally McBeal," "Frasier," "Friends," "Seinfeld" and "Spin City."
Nominations for the awards - dismissed by critics though embraced by studio marketing departments - were announced this morning by actors Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Joe Mantegna and Katey Sagal.
The Golden Globe voters have been criticized for accepting free accommodations and meals from movie studios over the years. And only 60 percent of the organization's journalists are full-time entertainment writers.
Phil Berk, the association's president, says people who chide the organization are only jealous of its clout. He said dozens of journalists for domestic media outlets also accept free hotels and meals from studios.
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