It's turning out to be a big year for Martin Scorsese and his gangster film "GoodFellas." The National Society of Film Critics has named Scorsese Best Director and his movie Best Picture of the year. It marks a clean sweep so far for Scorsese, who earlier won the top honors for himself and his bloody, almost documentary-like film from the New York and Los Angeles societies of film critics.

The 40-member National Society, a group of print film critics from around the country, met in the newly renovated Algonquin Hotel, New York's literary and show biz gathering spot, and gave its Best Actor award to Jeremy Irons for his Claus von Bulow role in "Reversal of Fortune" and Best Actress to Anjelica Huston for her roles in "The Grifters" and "The Witches." Best Supporting Actress went to Annette Bening for "The Grifters" and Best Supporting Actor to Bruce Davison for the AIDS film "Longtime Companion." Charles Burnett, who took the Best Screenplay honors for "To Sleep With Anger," is the first black person to win in this category in the group's 25-year history. Out and About Washington is going to have a good time watching the new Minnesota senator, Paul Wellstone. The 46-year-old former college professor who unseated Republican Rudy Boschwitz, the only Senate incumbent defeated in the fall, doesn't seem to be content to play the quiet role of a freshman legislator. According to the current Newsweek, Wellstone violated receiving-line protocol during swearing-in festivities last week by presenting Vice President Quayle with a tape of Minnesotans voicing concerns about the possibility of war with Iraq. He also snubbed his state's senior senator, Republican David Durenberger, by asking former vice president Walter Mondale to escort him at the swearing-in ceremony. And, according to Newsweek, he came to the attention of President Bush, who reportedly pulled aside a member of the Minnesota congressional delegation at a reception to ask, "Who is this chicken {expletive}?" ...

It may not be the same as the romantic British agent James Bond in the Ian Fleming thrillers, but actor Alec Baldwin is on his way, portraying the CIA's Jack Ryan in upcoming film adaptations of two more Tom Clancy bestsellers. Baldwin starred as Ryan in the hit film version of Clancy's "The Hunt for Red October," which coincidentally costarred Sean Connery, the original 007, . Baldwin is scheduled to play Ryan in screenplays being written for Clancy's "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger" ...

In the world of awards, Roseanne Barr, who is rapidly becoming the celebrity we love to hate, has received the 1990 Medal of Mediocrity from the Millard Fillmore Society. Presented today, the birthday of Fillmore, the nation's 13th president and the one some consider the United States' most mediocre chief executive, Barr was selected for her infamous off-key rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" last year at a San Diego Padres game. Previous winners of the mediocrity award include Vice President Quayle and "Tonight Show" sidekick Ed McMahon ...