'12 Years' and 'Hustle' top a varied Globes field

December 12, 2013 4:25 PM
'12 Years' and 'Hustle' top a varied Globes field
" By JAKE COYLEAP Film Writer Heaping seven nominations on both the con-artist melodrama "American Hustle" and the grimly historical "12 Years a Slave," the Golden Globes nominations set up a showdown of contrasts: comedy and drama, light and dark, white and black. The two films were validated as Academy Awards front-runners in the Globes nominations announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, refining what had been a scattered awards season in a year many consider encouragingly plentiful of worthy movies. The differences between the two top-nominees are vast. While David O. Russell's fictionalized caper "American Hustle" takes a playful, exaggerated approach to an already outlandish story (the FBI's scandal-uncovering Abscam investigation in the disco 1970s), Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," based on Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir, is unflinching in its portrait of Southern slavery - a subject Hollywood has seldom depicted rigorously or truthfully. "I feel this film is pivotal and just good for the world," said Lupita Nyong'o, who was nominated for best supporting actress "

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