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.