American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave look set to dominate the 2014 Academy Awards.
The movies will go head-to-head for Best Picture along with Captain Phillips, Gravity, Nebraska, Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, Her and The Wolf of Wall Street.
British stars Christian Bale and Chiwetel Ejiofor both scored a mention for Best Actor, and Amy Adams was nominated for Best Actress, while Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender and Bradley Cooper picked up nods for their supporting roles. Steve MCQueen and David. O. Russell both landed nominations for Best Director.
Speaking shortly after the nominations were announced, British moviemaker MCQueen told the Bbc, "(I am) just very excited - nine nominations. A lot of them (the Oscar nominees are) British. I am just so excited. We worked very hard and are very privileged to receive these nominations."
The nominations were announced by actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs on Thursday (16Jan14), and the winners will be unveiled during the Los Angeles prizegiving on 2 March (14).