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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Los Angeles (AFP) – Historical drama “12 Years a Slave” and crime film “American Hustle” won most nominations for the Golden Globes with seven nods each Thursday, as Hollywood’s awards season gets into full swing.

In a crowded field of hotly-tipped movies, black and white road movie “Nebraska” came next with five nominations for the Globes, to be handed out next month in Beverly Hills.

Somali piracy movie “Captain Phillips” starring Tom Hanks and “Gravity,” with Sandra Bullock as an astronaut abandoned in space with George Clooney, won four nods apiece.

Nominees for best motion picture drama, revealed in a pre-dawn announcement in California, were “12 Years a Slave,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Philomena” and “Rush.”

Best drama actor nods went to Chiwetel Ejiofor for “12 Years A Slave,” Idris Elba for “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,” Tom Hanks for “Captain Phillips,” Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club” and Robert Redford for “All Is Lost.”

Elba’s nomination, for a film which had its London premiere on the day the South African anti-apartheid hero died, drew applause from the Beverly Hills hotel media and Hollywood watcher audience.

The best actress in a drama shortlist included three Britons: Judi Dench for “Philomena,” Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr. Banks” and Kate Winslet for “Labor Day.”

They are up against Australian actress Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen’s latest film “Blue Jasmine,” and Bullock for “Gravity.”

Best director nominees were Alfonso Cuaron for “Gravity,” David O Russell for “American Hustle,” Martin Scorsese for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Paul Greengrass for “Captain Phillips” and Steve McQueen for “12 Years a Slave.”

“12 Years a Slave,” about a free man sold into slavery in 19th century America, had already got an early boost on the eve of the Globe nominations, topping the Screen Actors Guild (SAGs) nods Wednesday with four.

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