American Hustle, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, and Matthew McConaughey win Golden Globes

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This evening in Hollywood, no film dominated the annual Golden Globe Awards, but American Hustle came closest, winning three awards.

The film, which was inspired by a FBI bribery sting in the 1970s, was named by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as the winner for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

The award for best performance by a female actor in a comedic or musical motion picture went to Amy Adams for her role in American Hustle.

American Hustle was also honoured when Jennifer Lawrence won for best female actor in a supporting role.

Meanwhile, 12 Years a Slave took the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture  Drama. 

But the choice for best director was neither David O. Russell for American Hustle nor Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave.

Instead, the Golden Globe in this category went to Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity, a compelling journey into space starring Sandra Bullock.

However, Bullock didn't win for best performance by a female actor in a dramatic motion picture.

That honour went to Cate Blanchett for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.

The Golden Globe for best male actor in a dramatic motion picture was given to Matthew McConaughey.

Known primarily for romantic comedies, McConaughey did a major about-face by playing an HIV-infected rodeo rider in Dallas Buyers Club.

Jared Leto was honoured for best performance by a male actor in a supporting role for playing a transgender streetwalker in Dallas Buyers Club.

The two stars of 12 Years a SlaveChiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, weren't selected, even though they were in the best dramatic film.

Leonardo DiCaprio took home the Golden Globe for best performance by a male actor in a comedic or musical motion picture for playing a Wall Street ripoff artist in Martin Scorcese's The Wolf of Wall Street.

Michael Douglas captured the Golden Globe for best performance by a male actor in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie by playing Liberace in Behind the Candelabra.

Burnaby's Michael J. Fox also won a Golden Globe for best performance by a male actor in a TV series, comedy or musical. It came for his role in The Michael J. Fox Show. Amy Poehler won for best female actor in the same category for Parks & Recreation.

The Golden Globe for best screenplay went to Her. And the Golden Globe for best foreign-language film went to The Great Beauty.

The foreign press chose "Ordinary Love" in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom as best original song in a motion picture. The best original score went to Alex Ebert for All is Lost, which starred Robert Redford alone at sea.

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I think it's odd that The Wolf of Wall Street was considered a comedy. It has comic relief in spades to be sure, but while I don't see comedy as any lesser than drama, I wonder if the view of Wolf as a comedy doesn't skew the wrong way. For example, much has been written about how 'funny' the scene between Dicaprio and Jonah Hill on 'ludes fighting and getting tangled in phone cords is. Sure, it plays as absurd and it did make me smile, but its symbolic power and sad, tragic overtones were more striking to me. It wasn't slapstick, it was Greek sculpture, it was biblical parable, it was perfectly framed madness.
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