Of the five heart-wrenching flicks, the 2014 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama goes to, unsurprisingly, 12 Years a Slave. It was really the period film’s prize to lose, thanks to the flawless performances of its cast, a brutally honest portrayal of real life Solomon Northup and his fight to regain his freedom juxtaposed against gorgeous cinematography.
Still, 12 Years truly deserved the trophy over the highly acclaimed Gravity, Captain Phillips, Philomena, and Rush, for its complex portrayal of one man captured and forced into slavery in pre-Civil War United States. And, surprisingly, the Best Picture win was the film's first, and only, of the night.
Accepting the award, director Steve McQueen, who lost earlier in the night to Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón, expressed his gratitude and thanked The Hollywood Foreign Press, his wife for finding the book 12 Years a Slave, Michael Fassbender for an "amazing performance," as well as the rest of the cast.
Those films who did not take home a golden statue during Sunday's ceremony are hardly losers, as they each represented an entirely different, and seriously impressive film for 2014. Gravity was fawned over for it's stunning visual effects (and represents the only film in this category that was not based on a true story), Captain Phillips, which used documentary style story telling to tell the real life story of a captain abducted by pirates, Philomena, a simple yet profoundly powerful flick about a woman looking for her lost son, and Rush — the Ron Howard film about race car competitors Niki Lauda and James Hunt.
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