Annal: 1994 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Results of the Golden Globe Award in the year 1994.

Film:Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs. Doubtfire

Chris Columbus

This huge 1993 hit for Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus (Home Alone), based on a novel called Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine, stars Williams as a loving but flaky father estranged from his frustrated wife (Sally Field). Devastated by a court order limiting his time with the children, Williams’s character disguises himself as a warm, old British nanny who becomes the kids’ best friend. As with Dustin Hoffman’s performance in Tootsie, Williams’s drag act—buried under layers of latex and padding—is the show, and everything and…

Film:Dave

Dave

Ivan Reitman

A heartwarming story of mistaken identity and idealism, director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) takes on the political establishment in this fresh, funny comedy. Kevin Kline (Sophie’s Choice, A Fish Called Wanda) plays Dave Kovic, a sweet man with a big heart running an employment agency. Dave happens to be a dead ringer for the current president of the United States, and he hires himself out as an impersonator for parties and mall openings. When the real president has a stroke while in bed with an aide, his ambitious chief of staff (Frank…

Film:Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a vigorous and imaginative work, cheerful and accessible for everyone. Largely the story of Benedick (Branagh) and Beatrice (Emma Thompson)—adversaries who come to believe each is trying to woo the other—the film veers from arched wit to ironic romps, and the two leads don’t mind looking a little silly at times. But the plot is also layered with darker matters that concern the ease with which men and women fall into mutual distrust. Branagh has rounded up a mixed cast of stage…

Film:Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle

Nora Ephron

The director and stars of 1998’s You’ve Got Mail scored a breakthrough hit with this hugely popular romantic comedy from 1993, about a recently engaged woman (Meg Ryan) who hears the sad story of a grieving widower (Tom Hanks) on the radio and believes that they’re destined to be together. She’s single in New York, he lives in Seattle with a young son, but the cross-country attraction proves irresistible, and pretty soon Meg’s on a westbound flight. What happens from there is…well, you must have been living in a cave to have let this sweet-hearted comedy…

Film:Strictly Ballroom

Strictly Ballroom

Baz Luhrmann

While the plot of this Australian film may seem a bit familiar (The Ugly Duckling meets Dirty Dancing), the whimsical tone and superb dance sequences will make you forget the movie’s predictability. Scott (Paul Mercurio) is a champion ballroom dancer who wants to dance “his own steps.” Fran is the homely, beginning dancer who convinces Scott that he should dance his own steps…with her. Complicating matters are Scott’s domineering mother (Pat Thompson), a former dancer herself, who wants her son to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championship (the…

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