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

Historical drama 12 Years a Slave and 1970s con-artist caper American Hustle led the Golden Globe Awards nominations with seven nods each, fortifying their frontrunner positions ahead of the Oscars.

The nominations were announced on Thursday.

In the coveted best drama category, 12 Years a Slave will compete against piracy tale Captain Phillips, space thriller Gravity, adoption drama Philomena, and race-car rivalry Rush.

American Hustle was nominated for best comedy or musical, alongside computer-age romance Her, folk singer tale Inside Llewyn Davis, heartland ode Nebraska and financial tale The Wolf of Wall Street.

12 Years a Slave, a real-life story about a free black man sold into slavery, has been a top contender for awards since winning at the Toronto International Film Festival. On Wednesday, it won the most nominations for acting awards from the Screen Actors Guild, with four nods.

Nebraska won five Golden Globe nominations overall, including best actor in a comedy or musical for veteran actor Bruce Dern. Captain Phillips” and Gravity each secured four nominations.

Civil rights drama Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which earned three SAG acting nods, received no Golden Globe nominations.

The Golden Globes, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be handed out on January 12 in Beverly Hills. They are one of the biggest ceremonies in the Hollywood awards season leading to the Oscars in March.

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