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’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘American Hustle’ lead Golden Globe nominees

’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘American Hustle’ lead Golden Globe nominees

GOLDEN GLOBES: From left, Zoe Saldana, Aziz Ansari and Olivia Wilde are seen onstage before the nominations for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 12. Photo: Associated Press/Chris Pizzello/Invision

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – Slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” and 1970s con-artist caper “American Hustle” led the Golden Globe Awards nominations announced on Thursday with seven nods each, fortifying their frontrunner positions ahead of the Oscars.

In the coveted best drama category, “12 Years a Slave” will compete against piracy tale “Captain Phillips,” space thriller “Gravity,” adoption drama “Philomena,” and race-car rivalry “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.”

“12 Years a Slave,” a real-life story about a free black man sold into slavery, has been a top contender for awards since winning at the Toronto International Film Festival. On Wednesday, it won the most nominations for acting awards from the Screen Actors Guild, with four nods.

“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.

EXTRA: Complete list of Golden Globe nominees

Civil rights drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which earned three SAG acting nods, received no Golden Globe nominations.

The Golden Globes, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be handed out on Jan. 12 in Beverly Hills. They are one of the biggest ceremonies in the Hollywood awards season leading to the Oscars in March.

HBO leads networks in Golden Globe nominations

HBO leads TV categories with 9 Globe nominations

HBO leads all television networks with nine Golden Globe nominations. Netflix, which didn’t exist as a programming source a couple of years ago, snagged six nominations — more than stalwarts ABC, CBS and NBC.

Starz and Showtime also had six nominations each.

The Golden Globes set up a potential victory lap for the well-regarded final season of “Breaking Bad,” which was nominated for best drama series and earned Bryan Cranston a nod for best actor. After sweeping the drama awards earlier this year, Showtime’s “Homeland” was shut out for the major awards.

Lena Dunham of “Girls” and Don Cheadle of “House of Lies” have a chance to repeat as comedy winners.

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