Daniel Day-Lewis is odds on to complete an Oscars hat-trick after he was nominated for best actor for his performance in US historical drama Lincoln.
It is the British-born star's fifth nomination in the category which he has already won twice - in 1989 for My Left Foot and in 2007 for There Will be Blood.
Also nominated is Naomi Watts, who is recognised for her role in The Impossible, with a nod in the best actress category and all-conquering pop megastar Adele who is nominated for her Bond theme Skyfall.
Day-Lewis is shortlisted alongside Les Miserables star Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Joaquin Phoenix and Bradley Cooper, but bookmakers William Hill have already made him 1-8 favourite to win.
Adele took to Twitter to thank the academy, saying: "Oh my god I feel like Meryl Streep!! Thank you x."
Her nomination was one of five for Skyfall, which was also shortlisted for cinematography, music (original score), sound editing and sound mixing. Silver Linings Playbook got eight nominations, with 11 for Life Of Pi and 12 for Lincoln.
Les Miserables, directed by The King's Speech filmmaker Tom Hooper, is in the running for best picture but Hooper failed to get a nomination in the directing category which he won in 2010.
Also nominated for best picture are Ben Affleck's Argo, set during the Iran hostage crisis, Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Quentin Tarantino's western Django Unchained.
Life Of Pi, Amour, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty complete the shortlist.
Lincoln, set during the last years of the American Civil War, is favourite to win best picture, best director for Steven Spielberg and supporting actor for Tommy Lee Jones at this year's ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday February 24.