“12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” were the top nominees for the 71st Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday morning, with each film receiving seven nominations.
The searing slave drama received nods for best picture (in the drama category), screenplay, score, best actor for star Chiwetel Ejiofor, best director for Steve McQueen, supporting actress for Lupita Nyonog’o, and best supporting actor for Michael Fassbender.
Among the seven nominations for “American Hustle,” the David O. Russell film, shot partially in Boston, were nods for best picture comedy or musical, best director and screenplay for Russell and co-writer Eric Warren Singer, and acting nominations for leads Christian Bale and Amy Adams and supporting actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
Facing off against “12 Years a Slave” in the best drama category are “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Philomena,” and “Rush.” “American Hustle” will compete against “Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” in the best musical or comedy category.
The Golden Globe Awards, bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and often seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards, also handed out multiple nominations to “Nebraska,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
On the TV side HBO’s Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” and Netflix’s political drama “House of Cards,” made a splash with four nominations apiece. “Candelabra” stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon both received nods for best actor.
“House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey faces Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad,” Liev Schreiber of “Ray Donovan,” Michael Sheen of “Masters of Sex” and James Spader of “The Blacklist” in the best actor in a drama category.
“Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “The Good Wife,” “House of Cards” and “Masters of Sex” will compete for the best drama title, while “The Big Bang Theory,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Girls,” “Modern Family,” and “Parks and Recreation” will battle for best comedy honors.
In what should be a hotly contested best original song from a motion picture race the nominees include country pop sweetheart Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff of the pop group fun., Coldplay, U2 and Danger Mouse, and Justin Timberlake, T Bone Burnett, and Joel and Ethan Coen.
In other notable nomination news, actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus all received acting nods in both film and TV races.
The Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler-- who is also a nominee in the best actress in a comedy for “Parks and Recreation”--will be broadcast Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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