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Hollywood kicks off awards season with Golden Globes

AFP

Hollywood on Sunday kicks off the 2014 award season with the Golden Globes, with “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” in the running for best motion picture. France’s “Blue is the Warmest Colour” is competing for best foreign-language film.

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The brutal depiction of pre-Civil War slavery “12 Years a Slave” and 1970s corruption caper “American Hustle” lead nominations for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards with seven nods each.

“Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock as an astronaut lost in space and life, also ranks high in experts’ predictions and could give “12 Years a Slave” a challenge for the night’s most coveted award, best drama.

The Golden Globes, under the purview of some 90 journalists in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, 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, which will be handed out March 2.

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 Golden Globes follow a very good year for film, both commercially and critically. North American box office receipts totaled a record $10.9 billion in 2013 and top performers went beyond the typical blockbuster action movies to include acclaimed films such as “Gravity.”

French lesbian love story “Blue is the Warmest Colour” is up against Denmark’s “The Hunt”, Italy’s “The Great Beauty”, Iran’s “The Past” and Japan’s “The Wind Rises” for the best foreign-language film award.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, REUTERS)

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