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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.
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.
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
Best film, musical or comedy:
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
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 Wind Rises
Best animated feature:
Despicable Me 2
Best drama series:
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
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