The Golden Globe nominees for best comedic or musical film are an extremely diverse group. All are full of amazing performances and brilliant artistic vision. In case you missed them, here's a quick look at all five films.
'American Hustle,' a fictional story based on the very real Abscam scandal of the late 1970s in which the FBI used a convicted criminal, Melvin Weinberg, in a sting to capture corrupt politicians. Christian Bale and Amy Adams play career con-artists Irving Rosenfeld and his mistress Sydney Prosser both earning nominations. Bradley Cooper gets his second nomination for his role as the cavalier FBI agent Richie DiMaso, Jeremy Renner takes the role of corrupt politician Carmine Polito. Jennifer Lawrence plays wife of Rosenfeld and is the live wire that could set the whole plan ablaze.
Visionary director Spike Jonze's 'Her' is a romantic dramedy that takes place in the not to distant future. Joaquin Phoenix has been nominated for his role as Theodore Twombly, a man who makes his living writing heart felt letters for other people. After his wife files for divorce he becomes increasingly closed off from the world. Until he purchases a new computer operating system capable of learning and evolving. The computer is voiced by Scarlett Johansson, and the two develop a friendship which develops into a lot more. The film also stars Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde.
The Alexander Payne directed 'Nebraska' is a black and white dramadey that takes place in the American mid-west. Actor Bruce Dern receives his third nomination for his role as Woody Grant, an ornery old drunk from Missouri who believes he's won a million dollar sweepstakes. The film follows Woody and his son David, played by Will Forte, on an odyssey from Missouri to Nebraska where Woody is convinced his million dollars is waiting.
The Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, have delivered another critically acclaimed film with 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' the story of a folksinger as he navigates the harsh New York winter and the Greenwich Village music scene of 1961. Oscar Issac is nominated for his role as the title character who suffers many setbacks, not all external, on his quest to become a musician. The film also stars Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake.
'The Wolf of Wall Street,' the latest film from Academy award winner Martin Scorsese, is an adaptation of the best selling book of the same title. The film stars best actor nominee Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, a talented New York stockbroker who scammed and cheated his investors out of millions in the late eighties. The story follows his rise from modest beginnings to a life of excess and leads to an epic collapse at the hands of the FBI.
All five of these films have been praised by critics and audiences alike and most have received some award recognition already. It would be reasonable to assume that some of these will wind up with Academy nominations when they are announced on January 16th 2014.