Donald Clarke

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The Golden Globes honour 12 Years and American Hustle

Steve McQueen’s slave drama and David O Russell’s con-artist movie lead the race that says nothing about The Oscars.

Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 14:20


Yes. It’s the time of year when we feel the need to, yet again, point out that the Golden Globes are no great predictor of the Oscars. The folk at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the things, rather like to think that they do own the crystal ball. Repeated deviations show this is far from the case. Despite the fact that the Globes name two best movies — comedy and drama — between 2003 and 2011 they only managed to award 33 percent of Oscar best pictures with the main gong.

Anyway, for what it’s worth, the nominations for 2013 went to demonstrate what a busy year it has been for “prestige” cinema. Steve McQueen’s searing drama 12 Years a Slave and David O Russell’s con-flick American Hustle lead the pack with seven nominations each. There were a few significant omissions. Everyone reckoned Oprah Winfrey had a nomination in the bag for best supporting actress in The Butler. Indeed, many have her as favourite for that Oscar. As it happened, The Butler received no nominations whatsoever. Saving Mr Banks was also a surprise exclusion from the best picture races. The unexpected entry here looks to be Ron Howard’s fine Rush. Mind you, these are the “foreign” press and this is a European story; so we shouldn’t be altogether surprised that the Formula One film made the grade (and that Daniel Bruhl got an acting nod).  Martin Scorsese also looked a good bet in the best director race for the up-and-coming The Wolf of Wall Street. But there he was not. Wall Street may have suffered from the lateness of its arrival to the race. Quite a few voters may not have seen it (though they did sneak it into the less competitive “best musical or comedy” shortlist).

More on this later. For now, here’s the complete list:

Best Motion Picture – Drama

“12 Years a Slave”
“Captain Phillips”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“American Hustle”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“The Wolf Of Wall Street”

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

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

Best Original Score
“All Is Lost”
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
“The Book Thief”
“12 Years A Slave”

Best Original Song
“Atlas,” Coldplay (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”)
“Let It Go,” Idina Menzel (“Frozen”)
“Ordinary Love,” U2 (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”)
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver (“Inside Llewyn Davis”)
“Sweet Than Fiction,” Taylor Swift (“One Chance”)

Best Foreign Language Film
“Blue is the Warmest Color”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Hunt”
“The Past”
“The Wind Rises”