Golden Globes 2014: ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘American Hustle’ Win Best Film Awards

David O. Russell’s con-artist caper ‘American Hustle’ took the lead with three awards on Sunday night, with ’12 Years A Slave’ taking the top prize of the night – Best Drama.

Cast and producers of “American Hustle,” winners of Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for “American Hustle.” Photo: gem_106/ Flickr

“American Hustle” worked it at the 71st annual Golden Globe awards Sunday night — winning best comedy film and earning trophies for its two leading ladies — while “12 Years a Slave” won the top prize for film drama.

“12 Years a Slave”, Steve McQueen’s unflinching depiction of slavery in pre-Civil War America, had been nominated for seven awards, but missed out in the acting, directing, screenplay and music categories.

The movie had been expected to pick up more than one award, with Chiwetel Ejiofor, the film’s British star, a favourite for the best actor Globe.

He said of the film: “It’s a story about, in the end, human respect and human dignity and what those things mean. It’s never too late to engage with those things.”

American Hustle, a Seventies-set romp directed by David O Russell, collected the most awards, with success in three of its seven nominations.

The two female stars of “American Hustle,” Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, both picked up acting awards. Ms. Lawrence beat out Lupita Nyong’o of “12 Years a Slave,” who was viewed as the leading contender, in the supporting actress category. While Amy Adams won best actress in a musical or comedy for her role as the scheming partner to a con-man played by Christian Bale in the film.

“I always cry when I’m not supposed to,” an emotional Adams told the star-studded crowd as she accepted her Golden Globe at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Leonardo DiCaprio won best actor in a musical or comedy for his role as a fast-living, drug-popping, swindling stockbroker in the “The Wolf of Wall Street,” his fifth collaboration with director Martin Scorsese.

“As the history of cinema unfolds, you will be regarded as one of the great artists of all time,” DiCaprio told Scorsese as he accepted the award.

“Dallas Buyers Club” received two acting prizes, for Jared Leto as supporting actor and for the heavily campaigned Matthew McConaughey as best actor in a drama. Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” won a best actress award for Cate Blanchett, and Mr. Allen took home the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, though he was predictably absent from the ceremony.

Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron won best director for his existential space thriller, “Gravity,” a film starring Sandra Bullock as an astronaut tumbling through space that has won praise for its groundbreaking technical advances.

“Breaking Bad” made back-to-back trips to the stage, winning trophies for best drama and best actor, for Bryan Cranston. Mr. Cranston, nominated four times for his role as a teacher who was also a crystal meth dealer, received a raucous standing ovation for his first victory. The prizes were a double defeat for Netflix, whose “House of Cards” was a hot competitor in the categories.

“This is such a wonderful honor and such a lovely way to say goodbye to the show that meant so much to me,” said Bryan Cranston, who accepted the award for best actor in a drama series.

Among those that left empty-handed were two darlings of critics, the Coen brothers’ paean to the 1960s folk scene “Inside Llewyn Davis” and Alexander Payne’s homage to the heartland, “Nebraska.”

Oscar nominations are to be announced on Thursday and “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” are likely to be in the list of 10 nominees for best picture, going head-to-head unlike in the Globes, where they competed in two separate categories, says Reuters.

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