Two quintessentially American tales, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, picked up a leading seven Golden Globe noms each on Thursday, including best director and best picture .
Heralded as one of the most unflinching accounts of slavery, director Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave also picked up noms for best actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and supporting actors (Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o).
David O. Russell's crime dramedy American Hustle also received Globes nods for supporting actors Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The 71st Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be telecast live on Jan. 12. Full nominations list at www.goldenglobes.com.
Which comedy duo do Globes co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler take after - Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, or Lucy and Ricky?
"I think the closest would be the Olsen Twins," Fey tells Entertainment Weekly. Her pal chimes in: "Because when we're next to each other, we like to hug each other a lot, like we're in the womb."
The pair plans to reform the kudosfest. "We're going to encourage people to go real long on their speeches," says Poehler. Says Fey, "Don't stop talking until you 'find it.' "
Look for a grand finale. "At one point, we're going to do some Pink-style aerial acrobatics," says Poehler.
Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel, both 42, who met nearly 20 years ago as costars in the Broadway musical Rent, have separated a month shy of their 11th wedding anniversary, People reports. They have a 4-year-old son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs. . . . Drew Barrymore and husband Will Kopelman are expecting a baby girl, their second, the actress has announced.
"I really feel like I'm still trying to figure out all of this," Lea Michele on Thursday told Ellen DeGeneres of the death of her on- and off-screen lover, Cory Monteith, 31.
Lea says folks shouldn't be surprised she went back to work so soon after the tragedy.
"Going to work is no harder than being at home and being in the house and opening up a closet and seeing a pair of shoes," Lea, 27, says. "Grief goes with you every day, whatever you're doing."
Healthy grief can empower you, she says. "At a certain point, you can choose to sort of fall from this, or you can choose to rise."
Oprah Winfrey doesn't regret not having kids. "If I had kids, [they] would hate me," Oprah, 59, tells the Hollywood Reporter. "They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me." America's spiritual leader says she was the polar opposite of her BFF, Gayle King, who spent her teens fantasizing about having kids: "While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King."