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'American Hustle,' '12 Years a Slave" top Golden Globes

Harrowing drama "12 Years a Slave" won the coveted best drama Golden Globe on Sunday, while crime caper "American Hustle" won the musical/comedy film prize and two acting awards. Hollywood turned out in their fashion finest for the 71st annual Golden Globes, Tinseltown's biggest honors fest before the Academy Awards in March -- and a key indicator as to who could be tipped to take home Oscars. Australian Cate Blanchett won best drama actress for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" and Matthew McConaughey triumphed for best drama actor in "Dallas Buyers Club."

Hollywood on edge as stars gather for Golden Globes

Hollywood hits the red carpet Sunday for the Golden Globes, with a packed cast of A-list nominees vying for the first major honors of Tinseltown's fiercely-fought awards season. Harrowing saga "12 Years a Slave" and crime caper "American Hustle" are likely frontrunners at the 71st annual show, preceded by numerous star-studded Globes weekend parties. Celebrity nominees including including Martin Scorsese, Tom Hanks and Cate Blanchett and Emma Thompson were among guests seen at Beverly Hills events Saturday.

Hollywood on edge as stars gather for Golden Globes

Hollywood hits the red carpet Sunday for the Golden Globes, with a packed cast of A-list nominees vying for the first major honors of Tinseltown's fiercely-fought awards season. Harrowing saga "12 Years a Slave" and crime caper "American Hustle" are likely frontrunners at the 71st annual show, preceded by numerous star-studded Globes weekend parties. Celebrity nominees including including Martin Scorsese, Tom Hanks and Cate Blanchett and Emma Thompson were among guests seen at Beverly Hills events Saturday.

Hollywood to hit red carpet for Golden Globes

Hollywood hits the red carpet Sunday for the 71st annual Golden Globes, with a packed cast of A-list nominees vying to win the first major honors of Tinseltown's annual awards season. Harrowing saga "12 Years a Slave" and crime caper "American Hustle" are likely frontrunners at the Globes, which -- unlike the season-closing Oscars in March -- are split between dramas and musical/comedy films.

DGA nods give Scorsese, Russell new awards boost

Martin Scorsese, David O Russell and Alfonso Cuaron gained new awards season momentum Tuesday with nominations from the Directors Guild of America (DGA), a key indicator of Oscars hopes. Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," Russell's crime caper "American Hustle" and Mexican Cuaron's 3D space spectacular "Gravity" earned their directors the DGA's coveted best feature film nod. Britons Steve McQueen and Paul Greengrass were also shortlisted for, respectively, historical drama "12 Years a Slave" and high-seas Somali pirate tale "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks.

Scorsese, McQueen, Russell among Directors Guild film nominees

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Steve McQueen, David O. Russell, Alfonso Cuaron and Paul Greengrass were nominated for Directors Guild (DGA) film awards on Tuesday, an honor that often foreshadows Oscar success. It is the first DGA nomination for McQueen, Cuaron and Greengrass. It is the 11th nomination for Oscar-winner Scorsese and the second for Russell.

After past Sundance glory, directors return for premieres program

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedies, dramas, thrillers and documentaries exploring notable individuals will lead the 2014 Sundance Film Festival non-competitive premieres program, the annual independent film festival said on Monday. The coveted premieres slot, usually reserved for more seasoned directors, will showcase 17 feature films, several of which are by directors who have gained prior success at Sundance.

'The Square' wins top documentary award for look at Egypt's turmoil

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Square," a film that follows activists in Cairo's Tahrir Square following the 2011 overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, won the award for best feature documentary for 2013 on Friday from the International Documentary Association. The IDA award for Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim's work comes after honors at the Toronto and Sundance film festivals, setting it up as a favorite for an Oscar, for which it is short-listed.

'Her' wins National Board of Review best 2013 film award

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Her," a story about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, on Wednesday won the National Board of Review award for 2013 best film of the year and best director, the second major film awards in the run-up to the Oscars. Director Spike Jonze's "Her," which will be released in selected U.S. theaters later this month, stars Joaquin Phoenix as a withdrawn writer in Los Angeles in the quirky love story.

Pussy Riot documentary makes Oscars long list

A film about jailed Russian punk band Pussy Riot and a documentary about a British war photographer killed in Libya made it onto an Oscar candidate long list published Tuesday. "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" and "Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington" are among 15 films in the running for the documentary feature Academy Award.
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