Historical drama 12 Years a Slave and crime film American Hustle won most nominations for the Golden Globes with seven nods each yesterday.
In a crowded field of hotly-tipped movies, black and white road movie Nebraska came next with five nominations for the Globes, to be handed out next month in Beverly Hills.
Somali piracy movie Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks and Gravity, with Sandra Bullock as an astronaut abandoned in space with George Clooney, won four nods apiece.
Nominees for best motion picture drama were 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena and Rush.
Best drama actor nods went to Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years A Slave, Idris Elba for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips, Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club and Robert Redford for All Is Lost.
Elba's nomination, for a film which had its London premiere on the day the South African anti-apartheid hero died, drew applause from the Beverly Hills hotel media and Hollywood watcher audience.
The best actress in a drama shortlist included Britons Judi Dench for Philomena, Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks and Kate Winslet for Labor Day.
They are up against Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, and Bullock for Gravity.
Best director nominees were Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity, David O. Russell for American Hustle, Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street, Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips and Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave.
12 Years a Slave, about a free man sold into slavery in 19th century America, had already got an early boost on the eve of the Globe nominations, topping the Screen Actors Guild (SAGs) nods on Wednesday with four.
Lupita Nyong'o, who earned a best supporting actress nomination for her role in the film, said making it had been "such a fulfilling experience."
"And now the way the film is being received is so exciting and so encouraging … I'm just so, so, so happy."