TODAY's Takeaway: Golden Globe fever, Nigella's big fan, cutest puppy ever

Dec. 12, 2013 at 5:41 PM ET

Images: Lupita Nyong'o; Nigella Lawson; Ray Charles the puppy
On TODAY on Thursday, Lupita Nyong'o and other actors celebrate their Golden Globe nominations, British prime minister David Cameron declares himself a fan of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, and Ray Charles the blind golden retriever dazzles onlookers with his cuteness.

1. The 71st annual Golden Globes nominations reveal Thursday provided a thrill for dozens of actors and filmmakers, including several who shared their delight and surprise on TODAY.

Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o — both nominated for their roles in "12 Years a Slave," the true story of a free black man in pre-Civil War America who is kidnapped and sold into slavery — shared their elation with the TODAY anchors.

"I'm still shaking from hearing my name," Nyong'o said.

Video: The former Yale Drama student, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “12 Years a Slave,” says the response to the film has been very exciting and encouraging.

2. A judge has instructed jurors in a fraud case involving Nigella Lawson and her ex-assistants to ignore comments from a recent interview in which British Prime Minister David Cameron declared himself a fan of the celebrity chef.

Judge Robin Johnson of Isleworth Crown Court was irked by Cameron’s “regrettable” comments to Spectator magazine on Tuesday, in which Cameron referred to himself as “a massive fan” of Lawson and admitted he is a member of #TeamNigella, the hashtag used by those defending Lawson on social media.

Video: The former assistants of the celebrity chef, accused of spending more than a million dollars on themselves using the family’s credit card, are set to take the stand in London. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.

3. It was a ruff competition, but after thousands of votes, we have a winner: Ray Charles the blind golden retriever has been crowned the champion of the Orange Room Awards' "Pet of the Year" category

Video: Ray Charles, the blind golden retriever who inspired many in 2013, won the vote for best viral pet of the year.

4. Singer/songwriter Christina Perri appeared in Studio 1A on Thursday morning and belted out her latest single, “Human.” 

Video: The singer/songwriter is out with her latest album “Head or Heart,” and performs her latest single “Human” inside Studio 1A.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!