Beverly Hills, Calif. — The new mystery television series ‘‘Murder, She Wrote’’ won two top honors at the Golden Globe Awards Saturday night for best drama series and for its star Angela Lansbury, recognized for best  performance by an actress in a TV drama.

“As the oldest new girl in town, this is the golden cherry on the sundae, truly,’ Lansbury told the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Tom Selleck, of ‘“‘Magnum, P.I.’’ won the same honor he picked up at last years’ Emmys, best performance by an actor in TV drama series.

“Amadeus,’’ which lavishly portrayed Mozart’s brilliant work and tormented life, and “The Killing Fields,” a graphic account of turmoil and friendship in wartorn Cambodia, led contenders for movie awards to be given later in the evening.

The first two motion picture honors went to Peggy Ashcroft for best supporting actress in her role in “A Passage to India,’ and to Dr. Haing S. Ngor, who portrayed a Cambodian doctor in “The Killing Fields.”

“I thank God and Buddha for allowing me the honor of telling the world what has happened in my country,’’ said Ngor, who now works in relocation services for his people.

 “Amadeus”? And “The Killing Fields,’’ each had six nominations for the 13 Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Polls for most Academy Award nominations closed Friday, and the winners of the Golden Globes will have a publicity edge in voting for the Oscar nominees to be announced Feb. 6.

The Golden Globes also give 11 awards for television achievement. Nominated for best movie drama were “Amadeus,” “The Killing Fields,’’ “The Cotton Club,” “Places in the Heart,’ and “‘A Soldier’s Story.”

Nominated for best foreign film which includes English language pictures made in other countries were ‘‘A Passage to India’’ from Britain, ‘‘Paris, Texas” from Germany, ‘Dangerous Moves” from Switzerland and “A Sunday in the Country,” spirits sharing the same body in “All of Me’”’ Dudley Moore for “Micki & Maude,’’ Eddie Murphy for ‘Beverly Hills Cop,” Bill Murray for ‘‘Ghostbusters,’’ Robin Williams for “‘Moscow on the Hudson,”’ Ann Bancroft for ‘‘Garbo Talks,’ Mia Farrow for “Broadway Danny Rose,”’ Shelley Long for “The River.”

Actress Elizabeth Taylor was given the Cecil B. DE Mille Award for her career contribution to the entertainment field and for her “resilience and courage as a human being, thereby providing inspiration and hope to others, as well as her generous participation in charity activities.”

Liza Minnelli was asked to present the honor to Taylor, the award’s 33rd winner.

Article extracted from this publication >> February 1, 1985