“12 Years a Slave,” a powerful drama filmed in the New Orleans area and based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 slave narrative, went into Sunday night’s Golden Globe awards show with seven nominations, including best director and best actor nominations.
“Slave” lost to other films in every category in which it was nominated until the final moments of the awards ceremony and international TV broadcast. When Johnny Depp announced the award for best motion picture, drama, “12 Years a Slave” claimed the biggest prize of the night.
Director Steve McQueen and cast members Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender and Sarah Paulson appeared on stage together.
McQueen, in his acknowledgements, made special mention of sometimes New Orleans resident and “Slave” co-star Brad Pitt, whose Plan B company produced the film.
“Without you this movie would have never got made,” McQueen said.
David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” had the better night overall, winning best film, comedy and acting awards for Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.
Best picture was the only award for “12 Years a Slave,” which came in with seven nominations, tied for the most with “American Hustle.”
Awards were otherwise spread around.
Matthew McConaughey, who stars in “Dallas Buyers Club,” also shot in New Orleans, as an AIDS-infected Texan who battles the medical establishment in the 1980s, won the Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture, drama.
McConaughey’s co-star, Jared Leto, won for best supporting actor in a drama for his role as McConaughey’s transsexual business partner.
“This film was never about dying; it was always about living,” McConaughey said.
Leonardo DiCaprio, a nine-time Golden Globe nominee, won his second Globe for best actor in a comedy for his work in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Alfonso Cuaron won best director for the space odyssey “Gravity,” a worldwide hit and critical favorite.
The night’s biggest winners may have been hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, whose second time hosting the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif., was just as successful as last year’s show. Fey concluded the night by toasting the awards as “the beautiful mess we hoped it would be.”
Associated Press writer Jake Coyle contributed to this article.