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The Golden Globes, Beverly Hilton Hotel, 12 January 2014

The 71st Golden Globes will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on 12 January signalling the beginning of Hollywood’s illustrious film awards season.

The ceremony will be produced by Dick Clark Productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and co-hosted by American comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Leading the charge with seven nominations is the Steve McQueen film 12 Years a Slave. Not to be confused with his iconic film-star namesake, McQueen is the British auteur who gave Michael Fassbender a platform to international stardom casting him in Hunger, the true story of the 1981 Irish hunger strike and more recently in the brilliant sex addiction drama Shame.

Fassbender and McQueen have teamed up again for 12 Years, the story of a New York State-born free negro who is kidnapped in Washington in 1841 and sold into slavery. The acclaimed drama has earned Fassbender a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama, Musical or Comedy) and also picked up nominations for Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama, Musical or Comedy) for Lupita Nyong’o, Best Director for Steve McQueen, Best Screenplay for John Ridley and Best Soundtrack for Hans Zimmer.

On the subject of teaming up with old colleagues, director David O. Russell has cast Amy Adams and Christian Bale from his film The Fighter alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper from his film Silver Linings Playbook, in the comedy caper American Hustle. The film has earned O. Russell and all four actors nominations along with nods for Best Screenplay and Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical).

Elsewhere, Alexander Payne’s road trip comedy-drama Nebraska scored five nominations and Alfonso Cuarón’s space based rollercoaster Gravity and the Paul Greengrass white knuckle thriller Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks picked up four a piece.

Other notable nominations included not one but two best actor nods for British thespian Idris Elba for his roles in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Best Performance in a Motion Picture) and as a Detective Chief Inspector in the superb BBC psychological crime drama Luther (Best Performance in a Miniseries or Television Film).

Earlier this year it was announced that Woody Allen would receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award in recognition for his lifetime achievements in the motion picture arts. His most recent offering Blue Jasmine also earned its stars Cate Blanchett and her onscreen sister Sally Hawkins nominations as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) respectively.

A full list of all the nominations can be found at the Golden Globes website.

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