Golden Globes nominations announced

12 December 2013

12 Years A Slave is a frontrunner.

Nominations for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, the annual awards show organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), have just been announced - and 12 Years A Slave has come out on top.

The harrowing slave drama garnered seven nominations (including Best Motion Picture, Best Director for Steve McQueen, and Best Actor for lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor), placing it at the forefront of the Oscars race.

David O Russell’s comic drama American Hustle matched that nomination count, with seven.

It is another strong showing for British talent. In addition to McQueen and Ejiofor, there are nods for Brits in acting, directing and writing. Judi Dench’s performance in Steve Coogan’s comedy drama Philomena is nominated, as is Emma Thompson for her role as Mary Poppins creator PL Travers in Saving Mr Banks, and Kate Winslet gets a nomination for her turn in Jason Reitman’s Labor Day.

Idris Elba is also nominated for his timely portrayal of the late Nelson Mandela, and Sally Hawkins gets a nod for her supporting turn in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

Elsewhere, veteran actress Meryl Streep gains her 28th Golden Globe nomination for August: Osage County, cementing her position as the most nominated artist of all time. (She also holds the record for most awards won, with eight statues currently on her mantlepiece.) 

Notable by her absence is Scarlett Johannson, who despite critical buzz, was not nominated for Spike Jonze’s Her, since the HFPA ruled her performance in the film - in which she voices an artificially intelligent computer - as ineligible.

Also surprising is complete lack of nominations for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a historical drama which was seen as pure awards bait.

The Golden Globes, awarding excellence in film and television, are considered an important indicator for the Oscars, and the first significant awards show to attract A-list talent in the three-month Oscar season.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on January 12th, 2014, to be presented by returning hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

For the full list of nominations, click here.