The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards take place this Sunday, January 12. Some of the big films being celebrated this year are American Hustle, Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Wolf of Wall Street and Philomena, all helmed by award-winning, veteran directors. To celebrate their film's nominations, we're taking a look back at some of their earlier work.

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American Hustle directed by David O. Russell

Nominated for seven Golden Globes, including Best Director

In 1996, O. Russell's film, Flirting With Disaster was released, starring Ben Stiller, Ta Leoni, Patricia Arquette, Mary Tyler Moore, Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin. The film was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards. Read what O. Russell told Industry Central about some of his Disaster characters.

With those two ATF agents, I thought it would be fun to have federal agents who were gay. But, like a lot of my friends who are gay, they defy every gay stereotype. They weren't obviously gay in any sense.

With Lonni Schlichting, I knew I wanted his father and mother to seem like these wonderful dream parents who then had something very narcissistic and criminal going on. And the son is sort of a red flag, who's saying look, he was raised by them, and look how miserable he is. So he's kind of the squeaky wheel. It's a fun character, because he gets to be way out there.

I like the Schlictings, because I love seeing the contradiction between their psycho-speak, that whole new age, Buddhism-speak, and their complete self-absorption. You see it all the time.

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Nebraska directed by Alexander Payne

Nominated for five Golden Globes, including Best Director

Also released in 1996, Payne wrote and directed the feature film Citizen Ruth starring Laura Dern. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Nebraska stars Laura Dern's father, Bruce Dern, whom is also nominated for a Golden Globe for his outstanding performance as Woody Grant. Men's Journal asked Payne about what it was like working with both Derns.

They'll both do anything you ask them to. Immediately. There is no caviling. They go, "OK, fine," and then they just do it. No vanity. Nothing. One of the sources of Bruce's pride is his innate fearlessness. It's almost the perverse desire to do weird stuff onscreen, which is good for me, the director. It always rubs me the wrong way when they say about actors, "Oh, he's so brave. It's such a brave performance." It's such horseshit. What's cool is not bravery; it's a sense of fun. Like "Oh, jeez, let's try this and that," when they have an overarching sense of fun and are not just thinking about how pretty they look.

Watch the Derns in a clip from Ruth and the Nebraska trailer.

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Inside Llewyn Davis by Joel and Ethan Coen

Nominated for three Golden Globes

2008's Best Picture winner at the Oscars was the Coen Brother's No Country for Old Men. Will their much talked about Davis take home the Oscar this year? It's won a slew of awards so far, including AFI's Best Film of the year, Cannes Grand Prize of the Jury and The National Society of Film Critics Awards. No Country also won the AFI Best Film of the Year and the National Board of Review's Best Film of 2007.

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Philomena by Stephen Frears

Nominated for three Golden Globes

Frears and Dench, together again. In 2005, he made the feature film Mrs. Henderson Presents with Dame Judi Dench. She received an Oscar nomination. In 2006, he directed Dame Helen Mirren in The Queen. She won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance. Frears was nominated for Best Director for his film The Grifters and his film Dirty Pretty Things was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.


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The Wolf of Wall Street by Martin Scorsese

Nominated for two Golden Globes

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio reunite again for The Wolf of Wall Street after first working together on Gangs of New York in 2002 and 2004's The Aviator. At the National Board of Review Gala on Tuesday, Leo and Marty talked about working with each other. Here's a bit of what Marty had to say about working with Leo multiple times.

Movies are work. They're a daily battle, and, you know, if you're going to go into battle, you'd better go with somebody you respect, somebody you trust, and hopefully somebody you like. And Leo has all the qualities I'm looking for in a great actor.

DiCaprio added to the admiration.

It has been an incredible honor for me to have worked alongside a director of Marty's caliber. Marty and I have made five films together, and ours is like any other long-term relationship. On Gangs of New York we courted each other. On Aviator, Departed, and Shutter Island, our kinship and trust expanded and deepened. Now on Wolf of Wall Street, we're like any old married couple.

Watch clips from Gangs and The Aviator.

Cheer on all the directors and their films this Sunday on NBC at 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT and find a full list of the nominees here.