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Steve Mc Queen was nominated for Best Director for the epic 12 Years A Slave, with nods for Londoner Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor.
The films are also up against piracy tale Captain Phillips, space thriller Gravity, adoption drama Philomena, and race-car driving movie Rush.
Mc Queen said: "Thank you very much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for acknowledging our efforts in making 12 Years a Slave.
I am delighted for my cast and crew who worked so hard on this film to shine a light on a forgotten American hero, Solomon Northup." 12 Years a Slave was nominated for Best Drama, Best Actor in a Drama (Chiwetel Ejiofor) Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Best Director (Steve Mc Queen), Best Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer).
Nyong'o said making 12 Years a Slave had been "such a fulfilling experience", adding: "And now the way the film is being received is so exciting and so encouraging... Londoner Idris Elba who is recognised for his performance as Nelson Mandela in Long Road to Freedom and UK-based Cate Blanchett is also nominated for her performance in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.
I'm just so, so, so happy." American Hustle was nominated for Best Musical or Comedy, Best Actor Musical or Comedy (Christian Bale), Best Actress (Amy Adams), Best Supporting Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Director (David O. Black and white road movie Nebraska came next with five nominations, including Best Actor (Comedy or Musical) for Bruce Dern.
The most notable film to miss out on nominations was Lee Daniels's The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker.
GOLDEN GLOBES TV NOMINATIONS: Breaking Bad v Downton Abbey In the Best Actor category for Drama, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Matthew Mc Conaughey, (Dallas Buyers Club) and Robert Redford (All is Lost) were nominated.
British comedian Steve Coogan was nominated along with Jeff Pope for Best Screenplay, for his work on the film Philomena.