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'American Hustle' wins big at the 2014 Golden Globes

"American Hustle" dominates the Golden Globes.
"American Hustle" dominates the Golden Globes.
2013 Columbia Pictures

It was a big night for comb-overs. David O. Russell's "American Hustle" won three awards and was named Best Picture in a Comedy or Musical at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, which aired live on Sunday night on NBC. Its female stars nabbed the other two major awards: Amy Adams as Best Actress and Jennifer Lawrence in the Supporting category.

"American Hustle" was curiously nominated in the Best Picture - Comedy or Musical, for a film that is clearly a drama. Sure there were many funny - even silly - moments, but it didn't have the feel of a traditional "comedy." The same could be said for a few other nominees in the category, such as "The Wolf of Wall Street," which saw Leonardo DiCaprio win the prize for Best Actor - Comedy or Musical. DiCaprio made light of this dubious title, joking in his acceptance speech by thanking his "fellow comedians" Christian Bale, Joaquin Phoenix, Oscar Isaac and Bruce Dern.

"12 Years a Slave" emerged victorious in what is normally known as the "biggest" prize of all, that of Best Picture - Drama. It was shut out in all other categories.

"Dallas Buyers Club" saw wins in the dramatic categories for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto taking the prizes, respectively. Both are front-runners for the Oscars in each category and their wins here give them even more momentum.

Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for her role in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." Woody was also given the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, but was a no-show, keeping intact his famous reputation of avoiding celebrity melees.

"Frozen" took home the award for Best Animated Feature Film, in a year where there weren't many other strong contenders. Italy's "The Great Beauty" won Best Foreign Film.

Many times, the Best Director honors is tied to one of the Best Picture winners, but this year, the sheer brilliance in technical achievement propelled Alfonso Cuaron to a win in the category for his film, "Gravity." Spike Jonze was given the prize for Best Screenplay for "Her."

For a full list of winners - not just in the movie categories but on the TV side of things as well - please visit the Golden Globes webpage.

This year's Globes comes just days before the Academy Award nominations, which are set to be announced this coming Thursday, Jan 16. The Golden Globes are one of the biggest and most prestigious of all of the year-end award celebrations, with winners and nominees determined by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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