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The very dramatic 12 Years a Slave and the idiosyncratically comic American Hustle dominated the film nominations for the 71st Golden Globe nominations announced this morning. Both films collected seven nominations each. Slave, the account of a free man sold into slavery, scored a dramatic motion picture nomination as well as noms for its lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor as well as its supporting players Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender. It also picked up noms for Steve McQueen’s direction, John Ridley’s screenplay and Hans Zimmer’s score.Hustle, a portrait of ‘70s era con men spun off from the Abscam scandal, benefited from the work of an all-star cast that earned lead nominations for Christian Bale and Amy Adams in the comedy categories and supporting nominations for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. David O. Russell earned noms both for directing and for the screenplay he wrote with Eric Warren Singer. Jerry Bruckheimer has a tradition: On the opening night of one of his movies, he heads to Mr Chow for dinner. He also invites the cast and crew and, because Bruckheimer is a man who makes blockbusters, it's always a sprawling affair. "Jerry makes a speech," recalls Gore Verbinski, who directed the first threePirates of the Caribbean films for Bruckheimer. "He usually says things like, 'We've done the work, we've fought the fight, now it's in the hands of the gods, but they can't take away what we achieved.' It's a celebration of the work." A follow-up to last year’s underwhelming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug feels like a return to form for the man who made his name directing the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Fans of the original will definitely be satiated by this second of three Hobbit films, which are all based on a single book.