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Celeb-packed Golden Globes set for Sunday night

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host

The surest bet at Sunday night's Golden Globes? Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

For the second year in a row, the duo will lead the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual glitzy Beverly Hills banquet, where stars gather for a boozy dress rehearsal to the Academy Awards. Poehler and Fey last year brought the Globes telecast to a six-year ratings high of 19.7 million, winning universal praise along the way for their irreverent cracks that playfully punctured Hollywood's veneer.

With Fey and Poehler signed up for next year, too, the 71st Globes show finds itself on the upswing. While the more prestigious and meaningful Academy Awards ceremony wrestles awkwardly with updating its brand, the Globes telecast has thrived as a more comic, unpredictable affair, free of Oscar's self-regard and musical dance numbers.

Though the HFPA, a group of mostly freelance foreign journalists known to be swayed by celebrity, has often been a punch line to Hollywood's awards season, this year's nominees are altogether respectable.

The favourites are David O. Russell's con-artist caper "American Hustle" and Steve McQueen's unflinching epic "12 Years a Slave." The films and their much-nominated ensemble casts lead with seven nominations each, but they will be kept mostly separated by the Globes' split between comedy-musical and drama categories.

Still, the broadcast holds plenty of intrigue beyond the question of just how much Fey and Poehler will steal the show. Several other films are prominently in the mix.

Alfonso Cuaron's space odyssey "Gravity," a worldwide hit starring Sandra Bullock, is just as much a front-runner, only with a more limited cast. When Oscar nominations are announced Thursday morning, "Gravity" (nominated for four Globes) will likely clean up in the technical achievement categories that the Globes don't honour.

Support is also strong for the Coen brothers'1960s Greenwich Village folk tale "Inside Llewyn Davis" (three nominations), Alexander Payne's father-son road trip "Nebraska" (five nominations), Spike Jonze's futuristic romance "Her" (three nominations) and Paul Greengrass' pirate thriller "Captain Phillips" (four nominations). All have found various honours in an awards season that has seen critics groups and guild organizations often make divergent choices.

Those films and others will bring a room full of famous faces to the Globes show, including nominees Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Bruce Dern and many others.

One celebrity not likely to attend is Woody Allen, the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. The director famously disdains award shows and his "Annie Hall" star Diane Keaton is expected to accept on his behalf.

The television side could shape up as a battle between HBO and new challenger, Netflix. Tied for a leading four nominations are HBO's Liberace drama "Behind the Candelabra" and Netflix's first major foray into original programming, the political thriller "House of Cards."

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
"12 Years a Slave"
"Captain Phillips"
"Gravity"
"Philomena"
"Rush"

BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
"American Hustle"
"Her"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Nebraska"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"

BEST DIRECTOR - MOTION PICTURE
Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"
Paul Greengrass, "Captain Phillips"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
David O. Russell, "American Hustle"

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Tom Hanks, "Captain Phillips"
Robert Redford, "All is Lost"
Idris Elba, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judy Dench, "Philomena"
Emma Thompson, "Saving Mr. Banks"
Kate Winslet, "Labor Day"

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Oscar Isaac, "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Joaquin Phoenix, "Her"

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Julie Delpy, "Before Midnight"
Greta Gerwig, "Frances Ha"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Enough Said"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE
Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"
Daniel Brühl, "Rush"
Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"
Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE
Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"
Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"
Lupita Nyong'O, "12 Years a Slave"
Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County "
June Squibb, "Nebraska"

BEST SCREENPLAY - MOTION PICTURE
"Her"
"Nebraska"
"Philomena"
"12 Years a Slave"
"American Hustle"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"The Croods"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Frozen"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Blue Is the Warmest Color"
"The Great Beauty"
"The Past"
"The Hunt"
"The Wind Rises"

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE
"All Is Lost"
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
"Gravity"
"The Book Thief"
"12 Years a Slave"

BEST ORIGINAL SONG - MOTION PICTURE
"Atlas" - Coldplay ("Hunger Games: Catching Fire")
"Let it Go" - Demi Lovato ("Frozen")
"Ordinary Love" - U2 ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom")
"Please Mr. Kennedy" - Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac & Justin Timberlake ("Inside Llewyn Davis")
"Sweeter Than Fiction" - Taylor Swift ("One Chance")

BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA

"Breaking Bad" - AMC
"Downton Abbey" - PBS
"The Good Wife" - CBS
"House Of Cards" - Netflix
"Masters Of Sex" - Showtime

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Tatiana Maslany, "Orphan Black"
Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is The New Black"
Kerry Washington, "Scandal"
Robin Wright, "House Of Cards"

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"
Michael Sheen, "Masters of Sex"
Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"
James Spader, "The Blacklist"

BEST TV SERIES, COMEDY
"The Big Bang Theory" - CBS
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" - FOX
"Girls" - HBO
"Modern Family" - ABC
"Parks & Recreation" - NBC

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, COMEDY
Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation"

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, COMEDY
Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development"
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Michael J. Fox, "The Michael J. Fox Show"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Andy Samberg, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

BEST TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
"American Horror Story: Coven" - FX
"Behind the Candelabra" - HBO
"Dancing on the Edge" - Starz
"Top of the Lake" - Sundance Channel
"White Queen" - Starz

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Coven"
Helena Bonham Carter, "Burton and Taylor"
Rebecca Ferguson, "The White Queen"
Helen Mirren, "Phil Spector"
Elisabeth Moss, "Top of the Lake"

BEST ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Matt Damon, "Behind the Candelabra"
Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "Dancing on the Edge"
Idris Elba, "Luther"
Al Pacino, "Phil Spector"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Jacqueline Bisset, "Dancing on the Edge"
Janet McTeer, "The White Queen"
Hayden Panettiere, "Nashville"
Monica Potter, "Parenthood"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Josh Charles, "The Good Wife"
Rob Lowe, "Behind the Candelabra"
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
Corey Stoll, "House of Cards"
Jon Voight, "Ray Donovan"

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