Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave leads the UK charge for Oscar glory after picking up a handful of nominations including best actor, best director and best picture.
The film, which has already garnered 10 Bafta nominations, was crowned best movie drama at the Golden Globes earlier this week.
Its stars, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, were nominated for best actor and best supporting actor respectively.
Other nominees in what is a strong year for British talent include Judi Dench who was nominated for the best actress Oscar for Philomena.
The film, based on the true story of a woman's search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption in 1950s' Ireland, is also shortlisted for best picture and Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope pick up a nod for best adapted screenplay.
Irish rockers U2 are nominated for best original song for Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Sally Hawkins is nominated for best supporting actress for her work in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.
The same film gets Cate Blanchett a nomination for best actress.
Other contenders for the main awards include crime caper American Hustle, which is nominated for best picture and also gets nods for Christian Bale for best actor and Amy Adams for best actress. Their co-stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are nominated for best supporting actor and actress.
American Hustle and Alfonso Cuaron's 3D space movie Gravity starring Sandra Bullock have the most nominations with 10 each.
Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street picked up nominations for best picture and best director with two of its stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, recognised in the best actor and best supporting actor categories.
Another of the cast, Matthew McConaughey, is recognised for his work in Aids drama Dallas Buyers Club with a nomination for best actor while his co-star Jared Leto is nominated for best supporting actor.
Also nominated in that category is Barkhad Abdi for his performance in modern-day pirate drama Captain Phillips, but its British director Paul Greengrass and main star Tom Hanks miss out.
The best actress category sees nods for Gravity star Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep in August: Osage County.
Streep's co-star Julia Roberts is nominated for best supporting actress, as are Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years A Slave and June Squibb for Nebraska.
The same film sees a best actor nod for veteran star Bruce Dern - the father of Wild At Heart star Laura.