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Golden Globes 2014: Twelve Years A Slave and American Hustle lead nominees

12 Years A Slave

Story by Jack Foley

TWELVE Years A Slave and American Hustle lead the field at this year’s Golden Globe Awards with seven nominations each.

The slavery drama, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, picked up seven nominations, including best film drama, best director and best actor.

While American Hustle saw nods for best film (musical or comedy), best director and best actor for Christian Bale in the musical or comedy category.

In a strong showing for British talent, there were also nods for Idris Elba as best actor for his role as Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom and for actresses Dame Judi Dench, Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson for their performances in Philomena, Labor Day and Saving Mr Banks respectively.

Paul Greengrass was also shortlisted for his film, Captain Phillips, which saw Tom Hanks shortlisted in the best actor category alongside Ejiofor, Elba, Matthew McConaughey (for Dallas Buyers Club) and Robert Redford for All Is Lost.

In supporting categories, British actor Michael Fassbender was shortlisted for 12 Years A Slave, while Sally Hawkins received a nod for Blue Jasmine.

Ironically, both Ejiofor and Elba will be competing against each other in two categories: best actor for their respective film performances and best actor in a mini-series or TV movie for Dancing On The Edge and Luther respectively.

Commenting on the dual honour, Ejiofor thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who vote on the awards, for the “incredible recognition”, adding: “The response to 12 Years A Slave and Dancing On The Edge from the public and media alike has been overwhelming and I am so very grateful. To have been a part of these amazing projects was a gift in itself.”

And Elba commented: “I’m truly humbled and honoured to be acknowledged for two projects that, though very different from one another, are both extremely personal and special to me.”

Elsewhere, British artists also feature in the best original song category, with Coldplay’s track Atlas – from The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire – in competition with U2’s Ordinary Love from the Mandela biopic Long Walk to Freedom.

Tina Fey and Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler will host the award ceremony, which takes place on January 12, 2014, in Los Angeles.

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The nominees at a glance:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor,12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Director – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, American Hustle

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Past (Iran)
The Wind Rises (Japan)

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Atlas, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Let It Go, Frozen
Ordinary Love, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Please Mr. Kennedy, Inside Llewyn Davis
Sweeter Than Fiction, One Chance