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The Golden Globes has always been something of a mystery - its members are the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a shadowy group that insiders say are more interested in movie stars showing up to their parties than, you know, quality filmmaking. And the awards themselves have always made little sense, at least when it comes to the larger peer groups or critical community (remember, Madonna was nominated for "Evita" for crying out loud).

Still, they remain an integral part of the awards season gold derby, and still act as an important precursor to the Oscar nominations in just a few short weeks. Plus, the lack of pomp and circumstance make for easily the most entertaining awards show of the season, with a bunch of movie stars and creative types sitting around in tuxedos drinking heavily and, with any luck, saying something inappropriate when they finally make their way on stage.

This morning, the nominees were announced for the 71st annual Golden Globe awards and we were there. Well. Not there there, but watching the live stream on our computers. You can read them below.

"12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" lead the nominees, which isn't much of a surprise, and, as always, the littler nominees are where you can find the most delight, like seeing Julie Delpy nominated for "Before Midnight" or Greta Gerwig nominated for "Frances Ha," two amazing performances that won't even be in the running for the Oscars. Ah, the Golden Globes. You are wacky and you are great.

Also, I know it was early, but could Olivia Wilde not have combed her hair?

Best Motion Picture -- Drama
"12 Years a Slave"
"Captain Phillips"

Best Actor -- Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor – "12 Years a Slave"
Idris Elba – "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
Tom Hanks – "Captain Phillips"
Matthew McConaughey – "Dallas Buyers Club"
Robert Redford – "All Is Lost"

Best Actress -- Drama
Cate Blanchett – "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock – "Gravity"
Judi Dench –"Philomena"
Emma Thompson – "Saving Mr. Banks"
Kate Winslet – "Labor Day"

Best Picture -- Comedy or Musical
"American Hustle"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Actress -- Comedy or Musical
Amy Adams – "American Hustle"
Julie Delpy – "Before Midnight"
Greta Gerwig – "Frances Ha"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – "Enough Said"
Meryl Streep – "August: Osage County"

Best Actor -- Comedy or Musical
Christian Bale – "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern – "Nebraska"
Leonardo DiCaprio – "Wolf of Wall Street"
Oscar Isaac – "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Joaquin Phoenix – "Her"

Best Actor -- Supporting Role
Berkad Abdi – "Captain Phillips"
Daniel Bruhl – "Rush"
Bradley Cooper – "American Hustle"
Michael Fassbender – "12 Years a Slave"
Jared Leto – "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Actress -- Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins – "Blue Jasmine"
Jennifer Lawrence – "American Hustle"
Lupita Nyong'o – "12 Years a Slave"
Julia Roberts – "August: Osage County"
June Squibb – "Nebraska"

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron – "Gravity"
Paul Greengrass - "Captain Phillips"
Steve McQueen – "12 Years a Slave"
Alexander Payne – "Nebraska"
David O. Russell – "American Hustle"

Best Animated Feature
"The Croods"
"Despicable Me 2"

Best Song
"Atlas" – Coldplay ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire")
"Let It Go" – Bobby & Kristen Lopez ("Frozen")
"Ordinary Love" – U2 ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom")
"Please Mr. Kennedy" – T. Bone Burnett ("Inside Llewyn Davis")
"Sweeter Than Fiction" – Taylor Swift ("One Chance")

Best Score
Alex Ebert – "All Is Lost"
Alex Heffes – "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
Steven Price – "Gravity"
John Williams – "The Book Thief"
Hans Zimmer – "12 Years a Slave"

Best Screenplay
Spike Jonze – "Her"
Bob Nelson – "Nebraska"
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope – "Philomena"
John Ridley – "12 Years a Slave"
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer – "American Hustle"

Best Foreign Language Film
"Blue Is the Warmest Color"
"The Great Beauty"
"The Hunt"
"The Past"
"The Wind Rises"