The 2014 Golden Globe Nominations are in

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in Philomena
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in Philomena

By Matt Skwiat, Editorial Assistant
December 12, 2013

The 2014 Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday morning, with 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle leading the pack, earning seven nominations each. 12 Years a Slave, an early front runner this awards season, has topped many critics’ best of the year list, earning rave reviews for its powerful depiction of slavery and its exquisite direction, acting, and cinematography. Director Steve McQueen, known for his intense and critically successful films Shame and Hunger, which portrayed the hunger strikes in Northern Ireland during the 1980s, was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Director category.  Also amongst the nominees was Best Supporting actor Michael Fassbender for his portrayal as the ruthless slave master Edwin Epps. Fassbender is of Irish-German ancestry having been born in Heidelberg Germany and raised in Kilarney, Co. Kerry. 12 Years a Slave marks his third collaboration with McQueen.

Not to be outdone by 12 Years were the films American Hustle and Philomena.  Hustle tied 12 Years with seven Golden Globe nominations, including one for Best Leading Actor for Bradley Cooper, whose Irish-Italian background proved influential in the construction of his character Richie Dimaso. Jennifer Lawrence, who is of German-Irish-American ancestry, received a nod for Best Supporting Actress. Philomena, the emotional and controversial tale of an Irish woman forced to give her son up for adoption and the search that took her fifty years to find him, was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards – for Best Picture, Best Actress (Judi Dench), and Best Screenplay (Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan). Robert Redford, whose great-grandmother was Irish, was nominated for Best Actor for his acclaimed work in All is Lost. Rounding out the list of nominees of more distant Irish ancestry are Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Sandra Bullock.

In television, all eyes were on Breaking Bad, which concluded its final season this year. Bryan Cranston, who is also of German-Irish-American descent, was nominated for Best Actor, while Actor Aaron Paul received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The show was also nominated for Best Drama. Irish American Monica Potter was nominated for and Best Supporting Actress for her work on Parenthood. Hit shows Girls, Big Bang Theory, Downton Abbey, and House of Cards were also among the nominees.

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