American Hustle shines at Golden Globes

Amy Adams

American Hustle was the toast of the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

The David O. Russell film won best motion picture – comedy or musical, while its female lead, Amy Adams, took home best performance by an actress in a motion picture comedy or musical for her role as con artist Sydney Prosser.

Jennifer Lawrence, collaborating with Russell once again after their Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook, also took home best performance by an actor/actress in a supporting role in a motion picture for her role as the eccentric wife of con artist Irving Rosenfeld, played by Christian Bale.

Jennifer was trembling as she took the stage, telling the crowd: “I don’t know why I’m so scared. I don’t know why I’m shaking so much!”

Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett also walked away with top honours, winning best performance by an actor/actress in a motion picture – drama for their respective roles in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyer’s Club and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

Matthew thanked his fellow nominees, his family and the cast and crew behind Buyer’s Club as he took the stage, recalling the difficulties of getting the story of his HIV-positive character to the big screen.

“This film, Ron’s story, was an underdog. For 20 years it was an underdog; turned down 86 times; nobody wanted to put up money for it. We got the right people together five years ago, stuck to it, put some skin in the game, and here it is,” he said.

Director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave beat Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena and Rush to win best motion picture – drama.

Leonardo DiCaprio home home best performance by an actor in a motion picture comedy or musical for his role in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, beating out Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Orscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Joaquin Phoenix (Her) for the win, meanwhile Dallas Buyer’s supporting actor Jared Leto also won for his role in Vallée’s film.

Robin Wright also had more than her recent engagement to Ben Foster to celebrate, taking home best performance by an actress in a television series – drama.

Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston took home best actor in the category, with the hit also winning best television series – drama.

Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra) and Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake) were also big winners, taking home the prizes for best performance by an actor/actress in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television.

Best television series – comedy went to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, with star Andy Samberg also winning best performance by an actor in a television comedy or musical. Best actress in the same category went to Parks & Recreation star Amy Poehler, who co-hosted the ceremony with Tina Fey.

Other big winners included Alfonso Cuarón (best director – motion picture, Gravity) and Spike Jonze (best screenplay – motion picture, Her).

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards were held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California.

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