The Golden Globes: favorites, snubs, and the full list of nominees

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The stage is set for the "most fiercely contested" awards season in years

THE STAGE IS SET. The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards will be on December 12, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. AFP Photo

LOS ANGELES, California  – Hollywood’s finest will hit the red carpet Sunday, January 12, for the Golden Globes, launching Tinseltown’s most fiercely-contested awards season in years with a wide open field of hotly-tipped movies.

Historical drama 12 Years a Slave and crime caper American Hustle are among the top contenders at the Globes, one of the biggest shows of a season which climaxes with the Oscars on March 2.

But others hoping for gold include 3D space flick Gravity, Somali piracy movie Captain Phillips, bleak family drama August: Osage County and Martin Scorsese’s three-hour financial scandal epic The Wolf of Wall Street.

Drama thrives

Frontrunners in the best drama actor field include Briton Chiwetel Ejiofor for the title role in 12 Years a Slave, which could also earn a best director Globe for his compatriot Steve McQueen.

For best actress in a drama, the smart money is on Australian Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen’s latest Blue Jasmine, although others tipped include Sandra Bullock for Gravity and Emma Thompson taking on Walt Disney in Saving Mr Banks.

On the small screen – increasingly important as big-screen stars and money migrate to television – Netflix’s pioneering House of Cards could win more gold, as could cult hit Breaking Bad, after its finale in September.

Going into Sunday night’s show in Beverly Hills, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle have the most nominations with 7 nods each, followed by 5 for black and white road movie Nebraska.

Both frontrunners garnered nods for their main actors, including Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave, and Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle.

Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks in a real-life tale of a US cargo ship attacked by Somali hijackers, and Gravity, with Bullock as an astronaut abandoned in space with George Clooney, won four nods apiece.

Nominees for best motion picture drama, announced last month, were 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena, and Rush.

But Lee Daniels’ The Butler, another historical epic that had been widely tipped for honors (especially for star Oprah Winfrey), was snubbed.

Nominated for best drama actor are Ejiofor, Hanks, Idris Elba for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club and Robert Redford for All Is Lost.


Tight competition

Three Britons are up for best drama actress: Thompson, Judi Dench for Philomena – about an Irish Catholic’s search for her long-lost son – and Kate Winslet for Labor Day, as well as Blanchett and Bullock.

Nominees for best musical or comedy film are American Hustle, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

On the foreign film front, sexually explicit Cannes favorite Blue is the Warmest Color is up against Iran’s The Past, Italy’s The Great Beauty, Denmark’s The Hunt, and animated Japanese film The Wind Rises.

American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave have had a series of boosts in recent weeks, winning nominations from the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA). In the last 10 years, all but one of the winners of the DGA’s top prize went on to win the best director Oscar.

12 Years a Slave also topped nominations for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, announced last month.

Best director nominees are Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity, David O. Russell for American Hustle, Alexander Payne for Nebraska, Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips and McQueen for 12 Years a Slave.

On the small screen, nominations for best TV drama have gone to Breaking Bad, which appears to be the frontrunner, as well as to Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards and Masters of Sex.


Here’s the complete list of nominees: 


Best film, drama:

12 Years A Slave

Captain Phillips





Best film, musical or comedy:

American Hustle


Inside Llewyn Davis


The Wolf Of Wall Street


Best actor, 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 actor, 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 actress, drama:

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena

Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

Kate Winslet, Labor Day


Best actress, 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 supporting actor:

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Daniel Bruhl, Rush

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club


Best supporting actress:

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

June Squibb, Nebraska


Best director:

Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips

Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave

Alexander Payne, Nebraska

David O. Russell, American Hustle


Best foreign language film:

Blue is the Warmest Color

The Great Beauty

The Hunt

The Past

The Wind Rises


Best animated feature:

The Croods

Despicable Me 2





Best drama series:

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

The Good Wife

House of Cards

Masters of Sex


Best drama actor:

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

James Spader, The Blacklist


Best drama actress:

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Robin Wright, House of Cards


Best comedy series:

The Big Bang Theory

Brooklyn Nine-Nine


Modern Family

Parks and Recreation


Best comedy actor:

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine


Best comedy actress:

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation


Best mini-series or TV movie:

American Horror Story: Coven

Behind the Candelabra

Dancing on the Edge

Top of the Lake

The White Queen


Best mini-series or TV movie actor:

Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra

Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge

Idris Elba, Luther

Al Pacino, Phil Spector


Best mini-series or TV movie actress:

Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor

Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven

Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake


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