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2014 Awards Season: Slave Hustles to the Top

December 14th, 2013

12 Years a Slave poster

Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their Golden Globe nominations this week, and a clear picture is forming. 12 Years a Slave was again the recipient of the most nominations, but this time it was a tie, as it and American Hustle both grabbed seven nominations. If you look down the list of other multi-nominated films, you will find a number of familiar faces.

The categories and nominations are...

BEST FEATURE - DRAMA

BEST FEATURE - COMEDY OR MUSICAL

BEST DIRECTOR

BEST SCREENPLAY

ACTRESS - DRAMA

ACTOR - DRAMA

ACTOR - COMEDY OR MUSICAL

ACTRESS - COMEDY OR MUSICAL

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

SUPPORTING ACTOR

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

BEST SCORE

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Notes and Reactions...

  • I think it is safe to say 12 Years a Slave is so far dominating Awards Season. It picked up another seven nominations including many of the highest prestige categories.
  • American Hustle was tied, also with seven nominations. However, because its nods came from the comedy / musical categories and not the drama categories, it will be seen as the second place film. On a side note, I thought the film underperformed during the SAG nominations, but here it picked up a nomination in each of the four acting categories it was eligible for.
  • Nebraska earned five nominations and while I don't think it is a favorite to win any individual award, this should still help it at the box office.
  • The Wolf of Wall Street picked up two nominations, which is better than it did at the SAG nominations, but still below pre-release buzz.
  • The Croods got a nomination over Monsters University? Really?
  • A lot of people are arguing The Butler was snubbed, but The Butler's reviews are only 74% positive and that's not award-worthy.

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