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France’s 'Blue is the Warmest Colour' up for Golden Globe

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Lesbian love story “Blue is the Warmest Colour” will carry France’s hopes at the 2014 Golden Globes after being nominated for Best Foreign Language Film on Thursday. French-produced “The Past” also received a nod, as did French actress Julie Delpy.

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French film “Blue is the Warmest Colour” was among the list of nominations for this year’s Golden Globe awards, announced on Thursday.

The film, known in French as “La Vie d’Adèle”, was named among the contenders for Best Foreign Language Film.

Another French-produced film, “The Past”, was also included in the category, though the film has an Iranian director - Asghar Farhadi.

“Blue is the Warmest Colour” is the strong favourite for the award, with the critically acclaimed film having already won the won the Palme d'Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, the romantic drama tells the story of a blue-haired art student, played by Léa Seydoux, who forges an intense erotic relationship with an inexperienced younger girl.

French actress Julie Delpy was also among the nominees, in the Best Actress, Musical or Comedy category, for her role opposite Ethan Hawke in “Before Midnight”.

She will face stiff competition, however, with Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Enough Said”), Amy Adams (“American Hustle”) and Greta Gerwig (“Frances Ha”) also up for the award.

'12 Years a Slave', 'American Hustle' lead the field

Elsewhere, slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” and 1970s con-artist caper “American Hustle” led the nominations, with seven nods each.

In the coveted best drama category, “12 Years a Slave” will compete against piracy tale “Captain Phillips,” space thriller “Gravity,” adoption drama “Philomena,” and Formula One biopic “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.”

“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, including best actor and actress nods for their lead characters, Oscar winners Tom Hanks, as the ship captain under siege, and Sandra Bullock ,as a stranded astronaut.

Voted for by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the Golden Globe nominations are seen as a leading indicator for the awards season and winners are often placed among the favourites for an Oscar – Hollywood’s biggest honour.

The Golden Globes will be handed out on January 12 in Beverly Hills, just a few days before the 2014 Oscar nominations are announced.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

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