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'12 Years a Slave,' 'American Hustle' lead Golden Globes nominations

  • This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor, center, in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." The Golden Globes nominations will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 12. Ejiofor was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture drama for his role in the film on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. The 71st annual Golden Globes will air on Sunday, Jan. 12. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk)

"American Hustle," though equally dramatic as it is comedic, is for Russell a closely felt story of self-renewal. Reteaming much of the casts from his last two acclaimed films ("Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Fighter"), the movie's warm reception completes a personal redemption for the director.

"There is not a molecule in my body that isn't humbly grateful," said Russell. "From the second we made 'The Fighter,' it's been a journey that began from a low point for me to a new period that I feel my life was leading up to."

"American Hustle" received nominations for best picture, comedy; Russell for best director; Christian Bale for best actor, comedy; Amy Adams for best actress, comedy; and Jennifer Lawrence, last year's Oscar darling, for best supporting actress.

The distinction drawn by the Globes between drama and comedy-musical, won't be there for Oscar voters, who'll have to weigh the differences of "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" — that classic dichotomy of hard-to-watch and easy-on-the-eyes — against each other.

The field can't be said to have narrowed too much, though. The innovative, 3-D space odyssey "Gravity," which received four nominations Thursday including best dramatic film and best actress for Sandra Bullock, will surely be more of a heavyweight at the Academy Awards, which honor technical achievement categories that the Globes don't.


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