The Golden Globe Awards have their critics, but they are often an early line on the Oscars. And that could be good news for The English Patient, the epic tale of love, war and short-term memory loss, starring Ralph Fiennes. The voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave it seven nominations today, to make it their most-honored film.

The other contenders for best dramatic picture: Breaking the Waves, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Secrets and Lies and Shine.

Madonna got her first big award nomination for her role in Evita--she'll compete for the leading musical or comedy actress title in a tough field against Debbie Reynolds, Glenn Close, Barbra Streisand and Frances McDormand (the star of the oddball Fargo).

And Courtney Love started her Oscar run today, too. She was nominated for a Globe as best dramatic-film actress for The People vs. Larry Flynt along with Brenda Blethyn for Secrets and Lies, Meryl Streep for Marvin's Room, Kristin Scott Thomas for The English Patient and Emily Watson for Breaking the Waves.

For guy honors, Mel Gibson Ransomed his way into the lead dramatic film actor category against Ralph Fiennes, Woody Harrelson (Larry Flynt), Liam Neeson (Michael Collins) and Geoffrey Rush (the heroic pianist in Shine).

Unlike the Oscars, the Globes also honor television. In the race for best comedy series, The Larry Sanders Show stands alone against an all-NBC lineup: 3rd Rock From the Sun, Friends, Mad About You and Seinfeld.

Speaking of NBC, that's where you can see the 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards show, on Sunday, January 19th, live, starting at 5:00 p.m. ET.

And now...here's the complete list:

Best Motion Picture - Drama: Breaking the Waves, The English Patient, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Secrets and Lies, Shine.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies), Courtney Love (The People vs. Larry Flynt), Meryl Streep (Marvin's Room), Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient), Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient), Mel Gibson (Ranson), Woody Harrelson (The People vs. Larry Flynt), Liam Neeson (Michael Collins), Geoffrey Rush (Shine).

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: The Birdcage, Everyone Says I Love You, Evita, Fargo, Jerry Maguire.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Glenn Close (101 Dalmatians), Madonna (Evita), Frances McDormand (Fargo), Debbie Reynolds (Mother), Barbra Streisand (The Mirror Has Two Faces).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Antonio Banderas (Evita), Kevin Costner (Tin Cup), Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire), Nathan Lane (The Birdcage), Eddie Murphy (The Nutty Professor).

Best Foreign Language Film: The Eighth Day (Le Huitieme Jour) (Belgium), Kolya (Czech Republic), Luna e L'Altra (Italy), Prisoner of the Mountains (Russia), Ridicule (France).

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Joan Allen (The Crucible), Lauren Bacall (The Mirror Has Two Faces), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), Barbara Hershey (The Portrait of a Lady), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies), Marion Ross (The Evening Star.)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Samuel L. Jackson (A Time To Kill), Edward Norton (Primal Fear), Paul Scofield (The Crucible), James Woods (Ghosts of Mississippi).

Best Director - Motion Picture: Joel Coen (Fargo), Milos Forman (The People vs. Larry Flynt), Scott Hicks (Shine), Anthony Minghella (The English Patient), Alan Parker (Evita).

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt), Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (Fargo), Anthony Minghella (The English Patient), Jan Sardi (Shine), John Sayles (Lone Star).

Best Original Score: Elliot Goldenthal (Michael Collins), Marvin Hamlisch (The Mirror Has Two Faces), David Hirschfelder (Shine), Alan Menken (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Gabriel Yared (The English Patient).

Best Original Song - Motion Picture: "Because You Loved Me" (Up Close And Personal) (Music and Lyrics: Dianne Warren), "For the First Time" (One Fine Day) (Music and Lyrics:James Newton Howard, Jud Friedman, Allan Rich), "I've Finally Found Someone" (The Mirror Has Two Faces) (Music and Lyrics: Barbra Streisand, Marvin Hamlisch, R.J. Lange, Bryan Adams), "That Thing You Do!" (That Thing You Do!) (Music and Lyrics:Adam Schlesinger), "You Must Love Me" (Evita) (Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics: Tim Rice).

Best Television Series - Drama: Chicago Hope (CBS), ER (NBC), NYPD Blue (ABC), Party of Five (Fox), The X-Files (Fox).

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope), Heather Locklear (Melrose Place), Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman), Sherry Stringfield (ER).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: George Clooney (ER), David Duchovny (The X-Files), Anthony Edwards (ER), Lance Henriksen (Millenium), Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue).

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy: 3rd Rock From the Sun (NBC), Frasier (NBC), Friends (NBC), The Larry Sanders Show (HBO), Mad About You (NBC), Seinfeld (NBC).

Best Peformance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Brett Butler (Grace Under Fire), Fran Drescher (The Nanny), Helen Hunt (Mad About You), Cybill Shepherd (Cybill), Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan), Tracey Ullman (Tracey Takes On...).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Tim Allen (Home Improvement), Michael J. Fox (Spin City), Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun), Paul Reiser (Mad About You).

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Crime of the Century (HBO), If These Walls Could Talk (HBO), Gotti (HBO), Hidden in America (Showtime), Losing Chase (Showtime), Rasputin (HBO).

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Ashley Judd (Norma Jean & Marilyn), Helen Mirren (Losing Chase), Demi Moore (If These Walls Could Talk), Isabelle Rossellini (Crime of the Century), Mira Sorvino (Norma Jean & Marilyn).

Best Peformance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Armand Assante (Gotti), Beau Bridges (Losing Chase), Stephen Rea (Crime of the Century), Alan Rickman (Rasputin), James Woods (The Summer of Ben Tyler).

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Christine Baranski (Cybill), Kathy Bates (The Late Shift), Cher (If These Walls Could Talk), Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock From The Sun), Greta Scacchi (Rasputin).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Ian McKellen (Rasputin), David Paymer (Crime Of The Century), David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), Anthony Quinn (Gotti), Noah Wyle (ER).