Jonathan Melville: A slave to the movies at awards time . .

12 Years A Slave. Picture: PA

12 Years A Slave. Picture: PA

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GOLDEN Globes, New York Film Critics Circle, BAFTAs, Academy Awards... the list of organisations preparing to dish out awards is overwhelming, as the film studios deposit their best pictures into cinemas to woo the judges.

The good news is that we don’t have to wait too long to see some fantastic films - last week it was 12 Years A Slave, this week it’s The Wolf of Wall Street, soon it’ll be August: Orange County - but the bad news is it costs time and money to see everything that’s tipped for Oscar glory.

The Golden Globes took place at the weekend and saw 1970s-set drama American Hustle take away three awards, including Best Actress for Amy Adams and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence.

One film which was expected to sweep the board was 12 Years A Slave, directed by Britain’s Steve McQueen and starring a host of British actors. Nominated for seven awards it only won Best Motion Picture - Drama, but that’s still a good sign that it could do well at the Oscars on 2 March.

The Oscar nominations are announced today, so you may know them as you read this, but there’s a good chance we’ll see a lot more from American Hustle, 12 Years and Wolf as well as recently released films such as Blue Jasmine, Gravity, Captain Phillips and Philomena.

I’m looking forward to Spike Jonze’s romance-with-a-twist, Her, Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club and The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, all of which are likely to find themselves nominated for multiple awards.