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'American Hustle' leads Golden Globes

5:26 AM, Jan 13, 2014   |    comments
Amy Adams won for best actress in a musical/comedy, one of three awards Sunday for "American Hustle." (Photo: Paul Drinkwater/AP)
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The Oscars may want to start dusting off their disco ball.

American Hustle, the 1970s-set film about con men, cops and the Mob, led the 71st annual Golden Globes with three honors - including best musical/comedy - though it may find some period competition this awards season in the drama 12 Years a Slave.

"In Hollywood, we get to make films about people," said American Hustle producer Charles Roven. "We got to tell this particular story about the art of survival, about resilience and about reinvention."

Lawrence garnered a Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her performance as the unhinged wife of a con man in Hustle - her second consecutive Globe after winning for Silver Linings Playbook a year ago - and Amy Adams, who plays a female swindler with a British accent, won for best actress in a musical/comedy.

"I always cry when I'm not supposed to and then when a director asks me to cry, I can't. It sucks," she said.

Adams also paid tribute to her director David O. Russell and his penchant for writing strong women: "Thank you for letting the world know that a princess can punch and wear a low-cut gown."

Roven added that Russell's "passion for these flawed but indomitable characters is etched in every frame of the film."

12 Years a Slave was nominated for seven Globes, but its lone win was a major one: best drama. Director Steve McQueen honored his cast, including Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, as well as executive producer Brad Pitt. "Without (him)," McQueen said, "this movie would have never gotten made."

DiCaprio won for best actor in a musical/comedy for his hedonistic stockbroker in The Wolf of Wall Street.

When accepting his award, DiCaprio took the time to honor the greats, including fellow nominee Bruce Dern of Nebraska. "If any young actor wants to follow someone's filmography, follow Mr. Bruce Dern."

And of course, there was a mention to the man DiCaprio considers his mentor, his Wolf of Wall Street director Martin Scorsese.

"I grew up in a generation of actors who revered your work," DiCaprio said to the filmmaker. "You put the very fabric of our culture on screen. As the history of cinema unfolds, you will be regarded as one of the great artists of our time."

Matthew McConaughey greeted the crowd gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with his trademark "All right, all right, all right" when hoisting his honor for best actor in a drama for Dallas Buyers Club. It was an "unexpected but graciously accepted" award for his role in the "underdog" biopic of AIDS patient Ron Woodroof. "I'm so glad it got passed on so many times or it wouldn't have come to me."

Alfonso Cuarón grabbed the trophy for best director for the space epic Gravity, mentioning star George Clooney for his "generosity and commitment" and Sandra Bullock for being an "amazing" collaborator: "I want to thank you for not quitting when you thought I told you, 'Sandra, I'm going to give you herpes' when I meant to say, 'Sandra, I'm going to give you an earpiece.' "

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In accepting the animated award for their Disney musical, Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee pointed out that they had "the most fearless, note-belting cast ever," while fellow co-director Chris Buck thanked "the fans who took the movie into their hearts."

The Italian movie The Great Beauty was named best foreign film, Spike Jonze won best screenplay for Her and best supporting actor went to Jared Leto, who hadn't made a film for almost six years until playing a transgender woman with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club.

"It's more than an honor to come back and have this love and support," he said, mentioning that he had to wax his entire body for the role, including eyebrows. "I did not ever use any prosthetics in this film. That tiny Brazilian bubble butt was all mine."

Best actress in a musical/comedy went to Cate Blanchett of Blue Jasmine. "That crept up," she said taking the stage with her award. "I had a few vodkas under my belt, and now I'm here. I went to the Magic Castle this morning with my children, and I thought that was weird."

She paid special tribute to her director, Woody Allen: "We sort of take him for granted, and then people like me are slipstreamed in picking up these (trophies) that make your biceps look great."

Allen was also honored with a Cecil B. DeMille life achievement award, which was accepted on his behalf by his friend Diane Keaton.

"Woody's women cannot be compartmentalized," she said of the filmmaker's female characters. "They struggle, they love, they fall apart, they dominate, they're flawed. They are in fact the hallmark of Woody's work."

Original movie score went to All Is Lost composer Alex Ebert. He shared a moment with presenter Sean "Diddy" Combs, who mentioned that he partied with Ebert on a boat once.

"He came up behind me and unbuttoned my jack and said, 'Let it flow!' " Ebert recalled, before thanking All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor.

"Even the most deft pen is a clumsy tool. Yet we still try for magic. Thank you for letting me try all over your movie."

Bono and U2 picked up their second Golden Globe, with Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom winning for best original song.

The Edge said that the group first started working for the late South Africa leader Nelson Mandela when they were teens in the '70s. "It's taken us 35 years to write this song."

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