’12 Years a Slave’ Leads 71st Golden Globe Nominations with ‘American Hustle’ in Tow

By December 12, 2013

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Following yesterday’s nominations for the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards, the season for accolades continues as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 71st Golden Globe Awards, honoring achievement in both television and film.

As usual, there are some surprises both in nominations and in those snubbed for a nod this year. 12 Years a Slave continues to dominate the awards circuit with Gravity and American Hustle doing well for themselves, not to mention the continued recognition of “Breaking Bad,” but there’s some dissension to be made below the full list of nominees.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“12 Years A Slave”
“Captain Phillips”

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

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron – “Gravity”
Paul Greengrass – “Captain Phillips”
Steve McQueen – “12 Years A Slave”
Alexander Payne – “Nebraska”
David O Russell – “American Hustle”

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

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 Actress – Comedy
Amy Adams – “American Hustle”
Julie Delpy – “Before Midnight”
Greta Gerwig – “Frances Ha”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Enough Said”
Meryl Streep – “August: Osage County”

Best Actor – Comedy/Musical
Christian Bale – “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern – “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Wolf Of Wall Street”
Oscar Isaac – “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joaquin Phoenix – “Her”

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence – “American Hustle”
Lupita N’yongo – “12 Years A Slave”
Julia Roberts – “August: Osage County”
June Squibb – “Nebraska”

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

Best Foreign Film
“Blue Is The Warmest Color”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Hunt”
“The Past”
“The Wind Rises”

Best Animated Feature
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alex Ebert – “All Is Lost
Alex Heffes – “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”
Steven Price – “Gravity”
John Williams – “The Book Thief”
Hans Zimmer – “12 Years A Slave”

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Atlas” – Coldplay – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
“Let It Go – Idina Menzel – “Frozen”
“Ordinary Love” – U2 – “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”
“Please Mr. Kennedy” – Justin Timberlake & co – “Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Sweeter Than Fiction” – Taylor Swift – “One Chance”

Best TV Series – Comedy/Musical
“Big Bang Theory”
“Brooklyn Nine Nine”
“Modern Family”
“Parks & Recreation”

Best Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Behind The Candelabra”
“Dancing On The Edge
“Top Of The Lake”
“The White Queen”

Best TV Drama
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“The Good Wife”
“House Of Cards”
“Masters Of Sex”

Best Actress – Drama TV Series
Julianna Marguiles – “The Good Wife”
Tatiana Maslany – “Orphan Black”
Taylor Schilling – “Orange Is The New Black”
Kerry Washington – “Scandal”
Robin Wright – “House Of Cards”

Best Actor – Drama TV Series
Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
Liev Schreiber – “Ray Donovan”
Michael Sheen – “Masters Of Sex”
Kevin Spacey – “House Of Cards”
James Spader – “The Blacklist”

Best Actress – Miniseries
Helena Bonham-Carter – “Burton & Taylor”
Rebecca Ferguson – “The White Queen”
Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helen Mirren – “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss – “Top Of The Lake”

Best Actor – Miniseries
Matt Damon – “Behind The Candelabra”
Michael Douglas – “Behind The Candelabra”
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “Dancing On The Edge”
Idris Elba – “Luther”
Al Pacino – “Phil Spector”

Best Actress – Comedy TV Series
Zooey Deschanel – “New Girl”
Lena Dunham – “Girls”
Edie Falco – “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Amy Poehler – “Parks & Recreation”

Best Actor – Comedy TV Series
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 Supporting Actor – TV
Josh Charles – “The Good Wife”
Rob Lowe – “Behind The Candelabra”
Aaron Paul – “Breaking Bad”
Corey Stoll – “House Of Cards”
Jon Voight – “Ray Donovan”

Best Supporting Actress – TV
Jacqueline Bisset – “Dancing On The Edge”
Janet McTeer – “The White Queen”
Hayden Panetierre – “Nashville”
Monica Potter – “Parenthood”
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”

Thankfully, the Golden Globes were smart enough to exclude Lee Daniels’ The Butler from nominations. The film isn’t terrible, but in a year of so many other fantastic films, it doesn’t deserve the kind of recognition SAG gave it with some nominations yesterday. But unfortunately, the charming Saving Mr. Banks didn’t get much love outside of a nomination for Emma Thompson. Of course, the film was submitted under the drama category, when it likely would have done better in the comedy or musical arena.

Meanwhile, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle and Gravity all get their due diligence. However, we’re not too keen on Rush getting a nomination for best drama. Again, the film isn’t abysmal, but there are plenty of other worthy films that deserve that nomination.


On the acting side of things, Greta Gerwig and Julie Delpy finally get some recognition for their amazing turns in Frances Ha and Before Midnight, respectively. The two actresses turn in amazing, career-defining performances, though each are at very different stages in their career. Also, not to sound like a jerk, but it’s good that the HFPA decided not to honor the late James Gandolfini with an acting nomination for Enough Said (it just doesn’t compare to some better performances). However, this writer still miffed Will Forte’s work in Nebraska was snubbed again, this time with Bradley Cooper in his place for American Hustle.

On the TV side of things, “Breaking Bad” landed all the proper major award nominations, but the drama category features plenty of series snubs. This year “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” weren’t good enough for the drama category, and the stellar new series “The Americans” somehow didn’t get any nominations.

The Americans

Also, we were initially bummed that “30 Rock” didn’t get any nominations this year, but supposedly only the last five episodes of the final season aired during the qualifying time frame for the awards, and a series needs at least six episodes in order to be considered for the Golden Globes. That’s certainly a bummer, since the series had a phenomenal farewell, but it’s received plenty of awards in the past.

Of course, we can’t complain too much since “Parks & Recreation” is in the comedy series category this year, even if “The Big Bang Theory” is still there when “New Girl” should be in that slot. However, we’re a little more curious about how a new series like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” already got an Emmy nomination. It has eleven episodes under its belt, and it’s far too early to start handing out nominations for the whole season.

Anyway, the 71st Golden Globe Awards will air live on NBC on Sunday, January 12th next year. We’ll be sure to post the winners after the ceremony so stay tuned.

What do you think of this year’s Golden Globe nominees?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.