January 13, 2014 in Nation/World

’12 Years a Slave’ takes drama Globe; ‘American Hustle’ nabs three

Jake Coyle Associated Press
 
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Steve McQueen accepts the award for “12 Years a Slave.”
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Amy Poehler made out with Bono, Tina Fey mocked George Clooney’s taste in women and Matt Damon emerged, bizarrely, as the night’s theme.

But at the end of a madcap Golden Globes the major honors soberly ended up with 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 unflinching historical drama “12 Years a Slave” concluded the night as best film drama.

“A little bit in shock,” director Steve McQueen said.

Russell’s 1970s Abscam fictionalization “American Hustle” had the better night overall, winning acting awards for Amy Adams (best actress, drama) and Jennifer Lawrence (best supporting actress). Best picture was the only award for “12 Years a Slave,” which came in with seven nominations, tied for the most with “American Hustle.”

Awards were otherwise spread around.

Matthew McConaughey took best actor in a drama for his performance in the Texas HIV drama “Dallas Buyers Club.” Leonardo DiCaprio, a nine-time Golden Globe nominee, won his second Globe for best actor in a comedy for his work in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Alfonso Cuaron won best director for the space odyssey “Gravity.”

Many of the night’s surprise winners were literally caught speechless. Andy Samberg (best actor in a comedy series, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Elisabeth Moss (winner of best actress, miniseries or movie, for “Top of the Lake”), Robin Wright (best actress in a TV series, drama) and even Poehler herself (best actress in a TV series, comedy), appeared particularly shocked to win and each stumbled through their thank-yous. Poehler celebrated by making out with Bono.

Spike Jonze was also blindsided by his best screenplay win for his futuristic romance “Her.”

“I’m a terrible public speaker,” Jonze said. “And I’m bad at English. And it’s the only language I know.”

U2 and Danger Mouse won the award for best original song for “Ordinary Love,” recorded for the Nelson Mandela biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Bono said working on the film completed a decades-long journey with Mandela, having played an anti-apartheid concert some 35 years ago.

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