GoldenGlobeIf the Golden Globes are truly the early indicator for Oscar glory, then we have a two horse race for Best Picture.

The 71st Golden Globes were given out in Los Angeles Sunday night. American Hustle led in the statute counts in the film category with three awards, including the award Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. Dallas Buyers Club was second with two awards.

American Hustle’s win immediately gives it boost in the Oscar race, but odds-on Oscar favorite 12 Years a Slave also won an award, for Best Motion Picture, Drama. It will be interesting to see if the former overtakes the latter by Oscar night.

If we were looking for surprises, we’d find them in the male actor awards. Matthew McConaughey defeated the highly favored Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama and Leonardo DiCaprio overcame both Bruce Dern and Christian Bale in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. If you were to look at this in terms of Academy Award chances, McConaughey’s chances of taking home an Oscar have just become very, very good and DiCaprio’s chances of possibly being nominated might have just registered a slight uptick. Maybe.

Here is a complete list of nominees and winners:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
*12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips


Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
*Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Robert Redford, All Is Lost


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
*Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day


Best Director – Motion Picture
*Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle


Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
*Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope and Steve CooganPhilomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, American Hustle


Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
*American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Wolf of Wall Street


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
*Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County


Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
*Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her


Best Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2


Best Foreign Language Film
*The Great Beauty (Italy)
Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Past (Iran)
The Wind Rises (Japan)


Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
*Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska


Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
*Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips


Best Original Score – Motion Picture
*Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex HeffesMandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave


Best Original Song – Motion Picture
*”Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“Atlas,” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Let It Go,” Frozen
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance

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