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December 13, 2013

'12 Years,' 'Hustle' lead Globes nominations

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This year’s Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award will be given to Woody Allen, who, long an absentee from award shows, isn’t expected to attend. His latest film “Blue Jasmine,” a portrait of a bitter, fallen socialite played by Cate Blanchett, won nominations Thursday for Blanchett and Sally Hawkins.

The last two years, one of the Globes’ best-picture winners went on to top the Academy Awards. Last year, the Globes awarded Ben Affleck’s “Argo” best picture for drama. The year before that, the silent film ode “The Artist” won best picture for a comedy.

Though the Globes are often known for idiosyncratic choices (last year “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” received three nominations), their 2013 picks contained few oddities.

Among the surprises were a few nominees for best actress in a comedy. Julie Delpy was nominated for her performance in the romance “Before Midnight,” the third film in Richard Linklater’s series. And Greta Gerwig received a nod for “Frances Ha,” the black-and-white story of a young, meandering New York dancer.

“When the phone rang this morning, I silenced it and I thought, UGH, who do I owe money to?” said Gerwig.

Disney’s making-of “Mary Poppins” tale “Saving Mr. Banks,” a possible Oscar contender, fared poorly Thursday, earning only a nomination for Emma Thompson’s lead performance as “Poppins” author P.L. Travers. While the Texas HIV drama “Dallas Buyers Club” was rewarded with expected nominations for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, it failed to land any others.

McConaughey, Redford and Ejiofor are joined in best actor by Tom Hanks for “Captain Phillips” and Idris Elba, who plays the late Nelson Mandela in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

A film that could have easily been a theatrical release, Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace drama “Behind the Candelabra,” topped the Globes’ television nominations. The HBO film helped lead the cable channel to a leading nine nominations among TV networks.

The digital platform Netflix, though, emerged as a new challenger with six total nods. The subscription service’s first major foray into original programming, the political thriller “House of Cards,” tied “Candelabra” with four nominations. “House of Cards,” produced by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey, is also a product of filmmakers who turned to the small screen.

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