"Prizzi's Honor," a movie about love and misdeeds in the Mafia, captured four top honors Friday at the 43rd annual Golden Globe Awards, while the lush "Out of Africa" won three awards. The awards are often seen as indicators of what will happen in the Oscars.
Whoopi Goldberg, the standup comic, won best dramatic actress for her role as the heroine of "The Color Purple." The surprise win drew shouts and applause from the 1,100 guests at the Beverly Hilton dinner and television show.
"You dream about this kind of thing," she exclaimed as she described how director Steven Spielberg "pulled something out of me that I didn't know I had." She also thanked Warner Bros. for "coming out of the woodwork" to take a chance on her.
The NBC television series "Golden Girls" and "Miami Vice" each won two awards.
"Prizzi's Honor" won the best motion picture comedy or musical category, while John Huston won best director for the movie.
Jack Nicholson won best actor in a musical or comedy movie for his role as the love-struck Mafia soldier in the film. Kathleen Turner won best actress in the same category for her portrayal of Nicholson's deadly wife and partner in crime.
"Out of Africa" won three awards for best dramatic film, Klaus Maria Brandauer for best supporting dramatic actor and John Barry for best original score.
Meg Tilly won best supporting actress for a movie role for her portrayal of a disturbed young nun in the film "Agnes of God," about the murder of a newborn child in a convent.
Lionel Richie won best original song for a motion picture for his "Say You Say Me" from "White Nights."
Woody Allen won a best motion picture screenplay Golden Globe for "The Purple Rose of Cairo." An Argentine film, "The Official Story," won best foreign language film.
The last presenter was Bette Davis, who strode to the stage with a vigor belying rumors that she was terribly ill. She acknowleged the ovation and commented:
"Until this very moment, I hadn't realized how much I missed applause in the years I've been gone."
Barbara Stanwyck drew cheers when introduced by Kirk Douglas as winner of the Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. De Mille Award for meritorious service to films.
In a rare tie, Estelle Getty and Cybill Shepherd each won for the category of best performance by an actress in a television series -- Getty for her role in NBC's "Golden Girls" and Shepherd for ABC's "Moonlighting."
"Golden Girls," about four retired women, also won best television musical or comedy.
Don Johnson won best television drama actor for his role as street-smart and stylish Det. Sonny Crockett in "Miami Vice." Edward James Olmos won best supporting actor in a dramatic television series for his role as Johnson's superior, Lt. Martin Castillo.
Sharon Gless won a Golden Globe for best actress in a dramatic television series for her role as Det. Christine Cagney in the CBS series.
Bill Cosby won best peformance by an actor in a television series for his role as the patriarch of a kinetic Brooklyn family in NBC's "Cosby Show." Cosby, who has in the past asked not to be considered for awards, was not on hand to receive his Golden Globe.
Dustin Hoffman won a Golden Globe for best performance in a movie or mini-series made for television for his portrayal of the broken-down Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman."
Liza Minnelli won in the television movie or mini-series actress category for her portrayal of a mother taking care of a dying child in "A Time to Live."
"The Jewel in the Crown," a PBS series about the decay of British rule in India, won the award for best mini-series or motion picture made for television.
Sylvia Sydney won a best supporting actress award in a television series, mini-series or movie for her role as an understanding grandmother in "An Early Frost," a television movie about an attorney who contracts AIDS.