By mid-November, when most directors of holiday movies were unwinding with their work largely completed, filmmaker
The mad dash was worth it: "American Hustle," opening in limited release Friday, has vaulted into the top tier of Oscar contenders.
Nominations for the
The Globe nominations were kind to other films coming out later this year: Both
But other late season entries didn't fare as well. The Globe voters failed to nominate
"We've been killing ourselves in this intense period of time," Russell said after the Globe nominations were announced early Thursday. "We thought it was alive and these characters were special. And we all looked at each other as we were finishing the film saying we hope we're not the only five people to feel this way. It was very emotional for me."
The other best picture finalists in the comedy or musical category were
For top dramatic pictures, the selections made by the HFPA's fewer than 100 voters were the historical drama "12 Years a Slave"; the Somali piracy thriller "Captain Phillips"; the 3-D space spectacle "Gravity"; "Philomena," about a mother's search for her son; and the car racing film "Rush."
One other movie that barely was finished in time — "Wolf of Wall Street," which had to postpone its release for more than a month from Nov. 15 because director
He will compete against "American Hustle's"
In addition to
The Globe selections for dramatic actress were
In a setback for "Saving Mr. Banks," Thompson received the film's only nomination, and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" was ignored completely, including a snub for costar
Despite the "American Hustle" surge, "12 Years a Slave," along with "Gravity," remains a leading candidate for the
Asked to explain how the film remains so prominent in the conversation — "12 Years a Slave" opened nearly two months ago, on Oct. 18 — producer Dede Gardner said, "You hearken back to the original reason we made it in the first place: the staying power of narrative and character."
The Golden Globes will be presented on Jan. 12.
Times staff writer Steven Zeitchik contributed to this report.