Golden Globes nominations 2014: breakthrough of British talents

  • Steve McQueen, Getty images

Nominees for the Golden Globe Awards 2014 ceremony were announced on Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The nominations were a significant breakthrough for black British film talent, both in film and television.

Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave bagged seven nominations, including Best Picture honor in the drama category, Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Best Director honor for the visual artist turned director McQueen.

The film, a narration of the tormented history of slavery in America, now stands right at the top of the nominee list together with America Hustle, which also collected seven nominations, including Best Actor honor for British actor Christian Bale.

Another acting nomination went to Idris Elba for his role in Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom, while other nominated British performers Kate Winslet in Labor Day, Emma Thompson in Saving Mr Banks, Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine and Judi Dench in Philomena.

Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor also bagged nominations for their small screen roles in Luther and Dancing On The Edge respectively, thus doubleing their hopes for the 71st Golden Globe award ceremony to be held in January 2014.

And more of British television is running up for honors, with ten of the total nominations in the TV categories going to BBC programs. Apart from Dancing on the Edge, a tale of 1930s London jazz scene directed by Stephen Poliakoff, there are also BBC1's adaptation of Philippa Gregory's Wars of the Roses novels, and BBC 2's Top of the Lake, a set thriller by Jane Campion.

Also, Helena Bonham Carter secured a nomination for Best Actress her Elizabeth Taylor in BBC4's Burton and Taylor, while AMC's best loved series Breaking Bad has been nominated for best TV series in the drama category, with Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad's Jessy Pinkman) up for best supporting actor in a TV production.

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