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Golden Globes 2014: 12 Years A Slave takes top film award

12 Years A Slave

Story by Jack Foley

STEVE McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave has taken the top award at the Golden Globes, best film drama, but failed to dominate as widely as expected.

Going into the ceremony, the slavery drama had led the field with seven nominations but failed to turn nominations in most of the main acting categories into wins as the Globes spread the dramatic prizes out evenly.

Matthew McConaughey beat Chiwetel Ejiofor to the best actor in a drama prize for his role as Aids patient Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, while his c-ostar Jared Leto pipped Michael Fassbender to best supportng actor.

And Alfonso Cuaron was named best director ahead of McQueen for space drama Gravity, also beating Britain’s Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips.

Cate Blanchett beat Britain’s Dame Judi Dench and Emma Thompson to the best actress prize for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, while her director was presented with the prestigious Cecil B DeMille Award in recognition of his career achievements.

In the best film comedy or musical sections, however, David O Russell’s American Hustle emerged as the clear winner, taking the top prize as well as best actress and best suppporting actress for leading ladies Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.

Leonardo Di Caprio was named best actor in a comedy or musical for his performance in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.

Disney’s Frozen took home the best animated feature award, while the best screenplay award went to Spike Jonze for his comedy romance Her.

Italian film The Great Beauty, by Paolo Sorrentino, was crowned best foreign language film.

Irish band U2 won best original song for Ordinary Love, which was featured in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, beating fellow Brit band Coldplay, who had been nominated for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

U2 said working on the film had completed a decades-long journey with Nelson Mandela, having played an anti-Apartheid concert some 35 years ago.

Frontman Bono said: “This man turned our life upside down, right-side up. A man who refused to hate not because he didn’t have rage or anger or those things, but that he thought love would do a better job.”

Of the other winners, 12 Years A Slave director McQueen said he was “a little bit in shock” but thanked his wife for finding the book by Solomon Northup, on which the film was based, and also thanked his producer and one of the film’s co-stars, Brad Pitt, saying: “Without you, this movie would have never got made.”

Commenting on his first-ever Globe, meanwhile, best actor McConaughey noted The Dallas Buyers’ Club‘s long development history and joked: “I’m so glad it got passed on so many times or it wouldn’t have come to me.”

He concluding by proclaiming: “This film was never about dying. it was always about living.”

His co-star Leto said of his own win: “I didn’t make a film for almost six years and I just have to say it’s more than an honour to come back and to have this love and this support.”

DiCaprio, who picked up his second Globe following his win for 2004’s The Aviator, devoted much of his acceptance speech to lavishing praise on the film’s director and his long-time collaborator, Martin Scorsese, saying: “You’re not only an incredible visionary, but you put the very fabric of our culture up there on the screen.”

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