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'12 Years A Slave,' 'American Hustle' lead Golden Globes nominees (Read the full list here)

Actress Olivia Wilde reads nominations at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement event, Dec. 12, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards will take place Jan. 12, 2014.
Actress Olivia Wilde reads nominations at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement event, Dec. 12, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards will take place Jan. 12, 2014.
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The searing historical epic "12 Years a Slave" and the con-artist caper "American Hustle" lead the 71st annual Golden Globes with seven nominations each.

The nominations announced Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association suggested "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" may be this year's Oscar favorites. Hailed by critics as the movies' most unblinking portrait of slavery, "12 Years a Slave" verified its front-runner status with nominations including best film drama, Chiwetel Ejiofor for best actor in a drama and Steve McQueen for best director.

"American Hustle" dominated on the Globes' other category side: comedy or musical. The fictionalized story of the FBI's Abscam investigation in the late 1970s earned nominations for best movie comedy, Christian Bale for best actor in a comedy, Jennifer Lawrence for best supporting actress in a comedy and David O. Russell for best director.

Also in the mix are Alexander Payne's father-son road trip "Nebraska," with five nominations, including best actor for Bruce Dern. The space odyssey "Gravity" earned four nominations, as did the Somali pirate thriller "Captain Phillips."

This year's comedy competition could be the strongest field ever for the Globes. Aside from "American Hustle," the group includes Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," Spike Jonze's "Her" and the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis."

The last film of 2013 to screen, Scorsese's three-hour financial industry extravaganza had been one of the biggest question marks this awards season. Along with the best picture nomination, it earned one for Leonardo DiCaprio's leading performance.

Along with "12 Years a Slave," the dramatic best picture category was rounded out by "Captain Phillips," ''Gravity," ''Philomena" and "Rush." Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," which also received a nomination for Sandra Bullock, will surely benefit more from the Academy Awards' technical categories, which the Globes don't honor.

Most notably shutout was "Lee Daniels' The Butler," the Civil Rights history told through a long-serving White House butler played by Forest Whitaker.

The awards and their boozy telecast are known for a desire to attract stars, even if their films aren't quite up to snuff. (It will be a long time before the HFPA lives down its nominations for Johnny Depp's "The Tourist.") This year's ceremony on Jan. 12 will again be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Last year's telecast saw a bump in viewership to 19.7 million.

The last two years, one of the Globes' best-picture winners went on to top the Academy Awards. Last year, the Globes awarded Ben Affleck's "Argo" best picture for drama. The year before that, the silent film ode "The Artist" won best picture for a comedy.

The 2014 Golden Globes nominees

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Best Animated Feature Film

Best Director - Motion Picture

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Best Original Song - Motion Picture

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Best TV Movie or Mini-Series

Best TV Series, Drama

Best TV Series, Comedy

PDF: The 2014 Golden Globes nominees

This story has been updated.