The film “12 Years a Slave” took the best drama at Golden Globes 2014 and “American Hustle” went home with best musical or comedy on Sunday in a kick-off to the Hollywood awards season that foreshadows a wide scattering of honors for a year crowded with high-quality movies.
According to reports, only two pictures managed to score more than one award at the Annual Golden Globe Awards 2014, an important but not entirely accurate barometer for the industry’s highest honors, the Academy Awards to be held at the very beginning of spring.
“American Hustle,” directed by David O. Russell, was the top winner of the evening with three Globes won from its seven nominations, while modest AIDS film “Dallas Buyers Club” starring Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey, took home two acting awards for him and co-star Jared Leto.
“Ron Woodroof’s story was an underdog, for years it was an underdog, we couldn’t get it made… I’m so glad it got passed on so many times or it wouldn’t have come to me,” said McConaughey.
Steve McQueen’s brutal description of pre-Civil war American slavery in “12 Years a Slave,” based on a true story of Solomon Northup who was sold into slavery, took home out of its seven nominations. It was entirely shut out from the acting honors, for which it had been a presumed favorite.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, the film’s British star, a favourite for the best actor Globe 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.”
But best drama is considered to be the top award of the annual awards and McQueen thanked actor and producer Brad Pitt, who played a small part in the film but a big role in getting it made.
“Without you this movie would never had gotten made, so thank you, wherever you may be,” McQueen said.
Among those who walked away without any prizes was the Coen brothers’ paean to the 1960s folk scene “Inside Llewyn Davis” and Alexander Payne’s homage to the heartland, “Nebraska.”
Alfonso Cuarón took home best director of a motion picture “Gravity”, while Breaking Bad was named best TV series. Bryan Cranston also took best actor in a TV series for his role as Walter White.
Cranston said of the show: “The fans have lifted it up to this level none of us could have anticipated. Even though Walter White is dead he seems to be able to stay alive somehow.”
Leonardo DiCaprio was named best actor in a musical or comedy for his performing of swindling stockbroker in the The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by 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.