Brits rake in Golden Globe nods

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave has received seven Golden Globe nominations Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave has received seven Golden Globe nominations

It's a strong year for the Brits at the Golden Globes with Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dame Judi Dench, Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet all among the nominees.

Steve McQueen's epic 12 Years A Slave got seven nods, tying with crime caper American Hustle for most nominations.

Asked if was thinking of bigger nominations to come Ejiofor said: "To get a film out there which is received the way it is, is really exceptional. This on top of that is an extraordinary addition to that. I think I'm just excited about that really, and not thinking about too much else."

He is joined in the running for best actor by fellow Londoner Elba who is recognised for his performance as Nelson Mandela in Long Road To Freedom. The shortlist is completed by Matthew McConaughey, Tom Hanks and Robert Redford.

The nominees for best actress in a motion picture drama reads like a roll call of UK acting talent with nods for Emma Thompson in Saving Mr Banks, Kate Winslet in Labor Day and Dame Judi Dench for Philomena.

Cate Blanchett is also nominated for her performance in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine and Sandra Bullock is recognised for Gravity.

The awards are seen as a reliable pointer for which films will challenge for Oscar success in March.

McQueen is nominated for best director for 12 Years A Slave alongside Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron, American Hustle's David O Russell, Nebraska's Alexander Payne and Paul Greengrass for piracy drama Captain Phillips. The other nominees for best motion picture drama are Gravity, Captain Phillips, Rush and Philomena.

12 Years A Slave also picked up nominations including best original score, best motion picture screenplay and best supporting actor for Michael Fassbender.

Alan Partridge star Steve Coogan also picked up a nomination with writing partner Jeff Pope for their work on Philomena - the true story of Philomena Lee's search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption in 1950s Ireland.

Sally Hawkins' performance in Blue Jasmine sees her nominated for best supporting actress in a motion picture along with Hollywood A-listers Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lawrence.

The annual event takes place on January 12 next year with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presenting a show that regularly pulls in millions of viewers.

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