The first of the season's major film awards were announced yesterday, giving some insight into how the industry viewed the past year on screen. The National Board of Review, comprising critics, authors and filmmakers, named "Dances With Wolves" the best movie of the year, and Kevin Costner was named best director for his work on that film, according to Robin Little, a spokesman for the board. The award ceremonies, to be held in March in New York, will also honor Robin Williams and Robert De Niro as "Best Actors" for their work in the soon-to-be released "Awakenings." Mia Farrow was named best actress in the upcoming Woody Allen movie "Alice," and Joe Pesci won best supporting actor for the mob movie "GoodFellas." Winona Ryder won best supporting actress for "Mermaids," which opens here today.
The Vanishing Ivana
Ivana Trump ordering dresses from Spiegel? Something sounded fishy to the Mastercard people at Citibank, so they called the now ex-wife of The Donald to ask about that $1,521.10 bill for dresses, size large; women's shoes, size 9AA; men's pants, size 36. The 40-plus items were ordered from the catalogue for delivery to Ivana Zelnicek in Dade County, Fla.
Well, said Ivana, nee Zelnicek. She had used her card once last month at the Doral Saturnia International Spa in Miami.
A Metro-Dade cop, disguised as a UPS delivery man, delivered the merchandise to the Dade address last week. A detective arrested Lurena Finlayson, a 19-year-old employee of the spa, and charged her with fraudulent use of a credit card.
New Record for McCartney
Paul McCartney and the band from his recent world tour held a dinner for 600 close friends in a London restaurant Wednesday night to celebrate their entry in the 1991 Guinness Book of Records. The entry will read, "Solo performer: The largest paying audience ever attracted by a solo performer was an estimated 180,000-184,000 in the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to hear Paul McCartney ... on 21 April, 1990."
Vanna's Dolls, Making a Fortune
When "Wheel of Fortune" letter-turner Vanna White announced her line of Vanna White dolls, with outfits that match her designer dress line, the marketing world knew they'd be big ... but this big? According to her spokesman, when White was pitching her products on the Home Shopping Network last weekend, all sales records were broken as her dolls sold like hotcakes.
Hungary Honors 'Father of H-Bomb'
Edward Teller, sometimes called "the father of the H-bomb," was in Washington Wednesday to receive the "Order of the Banner With Rubies" from Hungarian Ambassador Peter Zwack. The Hungarian Republic's highest honor was given to the 82-year-old native of Hungary for recognition of his life's achievements in atomic science. "I feel like a born-again Hungarian," said Teller, whose strong advocacy of nuclear force was frequently criticized by his homeland's former communist regimes. Teller, a California resident, left Hungary more than 60 years ago, and has only recently returned to visit for the first time.
Right Invitation, Wrong Party
Was it good sportsmanship or just a case of crossed mailing lists that explained the invitation to California Governor-elect Pete Wilson's inaugural party in Lynn Cutler's mailbox? Cutler, vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was active in the campaign of Dianne Feinstein, Wilson's opponent in the hard-fought gubernatorial campaign, making frequent appearances on her behalf. The Sacramento party, to be held Jan. 7, just might have to go on without Cutler.