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In pictures: ‘12 Years a Slave’ wins best film Golden Globe


Hollywood turned out in force on the red carpet for the 71st annual Golden Globes on Sunday, Tinseltown's biggest awards ceremony before the Academy Awards in March – and a key indicator as to who could take home an Oscar.


The major honours at the Golden Globes went to the favorites. David O. Russell's con-artist caper "American Hustle'' led with three awards, including best film comedy. And despite missing out in the other six categories it was nominated in, the hard-hitting drama "12 Years a Slave'' took home best film.

“American Hustle'' had the better night overall, winning acting awards for Amy Adams and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence.

Australian Cate Blanchett won best drama actress for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" and Matthew McConaughey triumphed for best drama actor for Texas HIV film "Dallas Buyers Club."

Leonardo DiCaprio, a nine-time Golden Globe nominee, won his second Globe for best
actor in a comedy for his uninhibited work in ``The Wolf of Wall Street.'' He thanked director Martin Scorsese for his mentorship (''Wolf'' is their fifth film together) and for "allowing me to stalk you to make this movie.''

Alfonso Cuaron won best director for the space odyssey "Gravity,'' a worldwide hit and critical favorite. The film will likely join "American Hustle'' and "12 Years a Slave'' as an Oscar front-runner on Thursday.

Biggest cheer for "Breaking Bad"

On the small screen, cult series "Breaking Bad" won the biggest cheers of the night. The critically acclaimed series won the best drama series crown and best drama actor Globe for Bryan Cranston, while best TV movie or mini-series went to Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra."

Michael Douglas won best actor for his performance as the flamboyant classical pianist and thanking co-star Matt Damon, he said, “The only reason you're not here is I had more sequins.''

However, arguable the night's biggest winners may have been hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, whose second time hosting the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Beverly Hills, California, ceremony was just as successful as last year's show (a six-year ratings high with 19.7 million viewers).

The “SNL'' duo are signed for next year, too.

"This is Hollywood," explained Fey. "If something kind of works, they'll just keep doing it until everyone hates it.''

Nominations for the Oscars will be announced on Thursday and the Academy Awards will be held on March 2.

Best gags and pictures from the Golden Globes
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(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AP and AFP)

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