An unflinching look at slavery in America and a story about 1970s con men dominated the Golden Globes nominations Thursday morning, with “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” earning seven nods apiece, including best picture, best director and a slew of acting nominations.
The nominations help catapult both films to solid front-runner status on the road to the coveted best picture Oscar, as well as Academy Awards for filmmakers Steve McQueen and David O. Russell, and actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper.
The nominations, considered a top indicator of Oscar gold, were an especially strong showing for “12 Years A Slave”: The harrowing historical drama was also the most honored film Wednesday when the Screen Actors Guild announced its awards season favorites.
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