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LOS ANGELES – The films “12 Years a Slave,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Philomena” and “Rush” received Golden Globes nominations this morning in the best drama category, while “American Hustle,” “Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” were nominated in the best musical or comedy category.

Both “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” dominated the nominations, earning seven nods apiece. Besides best picture nominations, directing nods went to Steve McQueen and David O. Russell, and both films earned multiple acting nominations.

The nominations for the 71st Golden Globe Awards help catapult both films to solid front-runner status on the road to the Academy Awards as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honors are considered a top indicator of Oscar gold. It’s an especially strong showing for “12 Years a Slave”: The unflinching look at slavery in America was also the most honored film Wednesday when the Screen Actors Guild announced its awards season favorites. In all, it earned four SAG nominations.

There were several surprises. Noticeably missing from the best dramatic films nominations was “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which had a strong showing when the Screen Actors Guild announced its nominations. However, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association did make room for the unexpected inclusion of Ron Howard’s race car drama “Rush.” While it earned positive reviews, it has not been considered much of a contender for best dramatic film of the year.

The Golden Globe nominations are unlike any other awards show, in that they divide best film nominees and lead actors and actresses into two categories: best drama, and best comedy or musical.

Other performers, films and TV shows earning Golden Globe nominations this morning included: Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Judi Dench, Amy Adams, “Modern Family,” “Breaking Bad” and the animated film “Frozen.”

TV newcomers “House of Cards,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Orphan Black” were among the series earning nominations. Another feature film garnering multiple nominations: “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which earned nominations for song and original score and best actor in a drama Idris Elba.

The Golden Globes awards show will be held Jan. 12 in Beverly Hills. Woody Allen was previously announced as the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award to be given out that evening. But the Los Angeles-shy filmmaker won’t be in attendance. Instead, Diane Keaton, whom he directed to a lead actress Oscar for “Annie Hall,” will accept the award on his behalf.

NBC will air the Golden Globes Awards live, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning for the second year in a row as hosts.