American Hustle and Breaking Bad triumph at Golden Globes

Despite seven nominations, hotly tipped Steve McQueen film, 12 Years a Slave, only wins one award – albeit the coveted best film drama prize


David O. Russell comedy drama American Hustle was the biggest winner at the 2014 Golden Globes, picking up three awards at the glitzy Los Angeles ceremony last night. 


The film, set around an FBI sting in the late 1970s, received the best film comedy or musical award, as well as garnering best actress for Amy Adams, and best supporting actress for Jennifer Lawrence.

However, despite director Steve McQueen and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o being amongst seven nominations for hotly-tipped historical epic 12 Years a Slave, the film could only manage one award – the best film drama gong. 

Other major film awards were won by Matthew McConaughey, who picked up best drama actor for Dallas Buyers Club, Leonardo DiCaprio, who won best comedy or musical actor for The Wolf of Wall Street and Cate Blanchett  who was awarded best drama actor for her part in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. 

Vince Gilligan’s brilliant crime drama Breaking Bad was one of the big winners in the television category, taking home the best drama series award just months after the epic conclusion to the story of a high school teacher with terminal cancer who becomes a meth kingpin in New Mexico.  The show’s star, Bryan Cranston, finally won best actor in a drama series, after being nominated every year at the Globes since 2011 for the role of Walter White. 

Cranston, who had previously been nominated for a Golden Globe for his part in comedy Malcolm in the Middle, described the honour as “a lovely way to say goodbye” to Breaking Bad.

Best TV movie/ miniseries went somewhat confusingly to Behind the Candelabra, which received a worldwide cinema release – but in the US was only shown on cable TV. 

Police comedy Brooklyn Nine Nine, soon to start on E4 in the UK, took home two awards, as did Parks and Recreation (shown on BBC4 in the UK), garnering gongs for Amy Poehler and Robin Wright. 

Jacqueline Bisset was the only Briton to take home a Globe this year, winning best supporting actress in a drama miniseries for her part in the BBC’s Dancing on the Edge. 

Another BBC production, Top of the Lake, won Elisabeth Moss the best actress in a miniseries or TV movie category.


However, despite numerous nominations, it was a generally disappointing night for British talent with the likes of Idris Elba, Michael Sheen, Judi Dench and Helen Mirren all leaving the awards empty handed.