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Published: Monday January 13, 2014 MYT 1:05:00 PM
Updated: Monday January 13, 2014 MYT 1:42:56 PM

'American Hustle' wins big at Golden Globes

American Hustle cast (from left) Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence at the Golden Globes. -- AFP

American Hustle cast (from left) Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence at the Golden Globes. -- AFP

The Golden Globes kicks off awards season with few surprises.

The film 12 Years A Slave took the coveted Golden Globe for best drama and American Hustle won best musical or comedy in a kick-off to the Hollywood awards season that foreshadows a wide scattering of honors for a year crowded with high-quality movies.

American Hustle, a romp through corruption in the 1970s directed by David O. Russell, was the top winner, taking home three of its seven nominations for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, an important but not entirely accurate barometer for the film industry’s highest honours, the Academy Awards to be held on March 2.

Director Steve McQueen’s brutal depiction of pre-Civil war slavery in 12 Years A Slave, based on a true story of a free black man sold into slavery, only won one award out of its seven nominations and was shut out from the acting honours. The top drama acting awards went to Cate Blanchett for her turn as a riches-to-rags socialite in Woody Allen’s tragicomedy Blue Jasmine and Matthew McConaughey for his unlikely AIDS activist in Dallas Buyers Club, for which he lost 23kg.

Jared Leto (yes, that really is him) as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club.

“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, widely lauded for a string of strong performances this year. His co-star Jared Leto took the best supporting actor Globe for his role as Rayon, a transsexual with AIDS.

Amy Adams won best actress in a musical or comedy for her role as the conniving partner to a con-man played by Christian Bale in American Hustle, while Jennifer Lawrence took best supporting actress for her turn as his loopy wife.

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.

Jennifer Lawrence wins another acting award, this time for her role as a ditzy housewife in American Hustle.

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. Director Spike Jonze took home the Globe for best screenplay for his quirky computer-age comedy Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix.

The Golden Globes, under the purview of some 90 journalists in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), have outsized clout in the awards race as buzz around these first honours influences members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in their voting for the Oscars. Oscar nominations will be announced on Thursday, but voting has already concluded.

Leto (left) and Christoph Waltz. -- AFP

The Globes have a mixed record when it comes to predicting the Oscar best picture, though last year’s best drama winner, Argo, did go on to win the Academy Award for best movie. The show, telecast live on Comcast Corp’s NBC, was hosted by comic actors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and reunited Hollywood’s A-listers and its powerbrokers, who all took playful pokes from the duo in their second straight gig at the Globes.

The HFPA honoured Woody Allen with the Cecil B. DeMille award recognising outstanding contribution to the entertainment field. Famously averse to awards shows, the 78-year-old Allen sent one of his favourite actresses, Diane Keaton, to stand in for him. — Reuters

Here are the winners at the 71st Golden Globe Awards:

FILM

Best film, drama: 12 Years A Slave

Best comedy or musical: American Hustle

Best actor, drama: Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Best actress, drama: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

Best actor, comedy or musical: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf Of Wall Street

Best actress, comedy or musical: Amy Adams for American Hustle

Best supporting actor: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club

Best supporting actress: Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle

Best director: Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity

Best foreign language film: The Great Beauty, Italy

Best animated film: Frozen

Best screenplay: Spike Jonze for Her

Best original score: Alex Ebert for All Is Lost from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Best original song: Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, by U2

Cecil B. DeMille award: Woody Allen

TELEVISION

Best drama: Breaking Bad

Best comedy: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best actor, drama: Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad

Best actress, drama: Robin Wright for House Of Cards

Best actor, comedy: Andy Samberg for Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best actress, comedy: Amy Poehler for Parks And Recreation

Best TV film or miniseries: Behind The Candelabra

Best actor, TV film or miniseries: Michael Douglas for Behind The Candelabra

Best actress, TV film or miniseries: Elisabeth Moss for Top Of The Lake

Best supporting actor, TV film or miniseries: Jon Voight for Ray Donovan

Best supporting actress, TV film or miniseries: Jacqueline Bisset for Dancing On The Edge

Woody Allen (left) directing Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. The filmmaker received the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes, while Blanchett won the best actress in a motion picture (drama) prize. 
Goofy duo: Jimmy Fallon "receiving" Melissa McCarthy's clutch as a prize at the awards. -- EPA

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Golden Globes, Actor, Actress, Film, Movies, TV, Jennifer Lawrence, 12 Years A Slave

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