Once again, the foreign press has gathered together to announce to Hollywood what they think of this year's movies and TV shows. The 2013 Golden Globe nominations are in! And this year it's all about the struggle to survive in America. The movies 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle are dominating the Globes with seven nominations each, including for best picture (drama and comedy, respectively). Are these the two most fascinating movies of the year?
Here's the tally for each:
12 Years a Slave
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o
Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender
Best Director: Steve McQueen
Best Original Score
Best Screenplay: John Ridley
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Best Actor: Christian Bale
Best Actress: Amy Adams
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Best Supporting Actor: Bradley Cooper
Best Director: David O. Russell
Best Screenplay: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
12 Years a Slave is about a free man who gets kidnapped into slavery and has to struggle his way back out. We all know what a dark, shameful history America has with slavery. It's not something we're proud of, but I think we can take pride in the men and women who managed to escape and who helped end the practice. I'm sad to say that I haven't seen 12 Years a Slave! Out of cowardice (because it looks intense, and I'd read about some excruciating scenes), I decided to watch it later on the smaller screen when it comes out on video.
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American Hustle is about a con man and his partner who are forced to collaborate with the FBI -- and it's based on a true story. Hustling has long been a way to survive in America. Even though we disapprove of lying, cheating, and stealing, there's just something irresistible we admire about a good hustler, especially when that hustler is an underdog. American Hustle does look like a lot of fun. The costumes, the music, the cast. It's out in theaters now.
And a side note -- did you notice Breaking Bad is up for best TV drama? It's now or never, guys!
Have you seen either of these movies yet?