'12 years a slave' wins Golden Globe

By Drum Digital
13 January 2014

The film "12 Years a Slave" took the coveted Golden Globe for best drama a in a kick-off to the Hollywood awards season that foreshadows a wide scattering of honours for a year crowded with high-quality movies.

Director Steve McQueen's brutal depiction of pre-Civil war slavery in "12 Years a Slave," based on a true story of a free black man sold into slavery, only won one award out of its seven nominations and was shut out from the acting honours.

Director Spike Jonze took home the Globe for best screenplay for his quirky computer-age comedy "Her," starring Joaquin Phoenix.

The Golden Globes, under the purview of some 90 journalists in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), have outsized clout in the awards race as buzz around these first honors influences members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in their voting for the Oscars.

Oscar nominations will be announced on Thursday, but voting has already concluded. The Globes have a mixed record when it comes to predicting the Oscar best picture, though last year's best drama winner, "Argo," did go on to win the Academy Award for best movie.

The show, telecast live on Comcast Corp's NBC, was hosted by comic actors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and reunited Hollywood's A-listers and its power brokers, who all took playful pokes from the duo in their second straight gig at the Globes.

- Reuters

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