The searing 12 Years a Slave and the star-studded American Hustle in film, and TV's critically acclaimed Breaking Bad lead a wide field of nominees for next month's Golden Globe Awards, with Canadians Tatiana Maslany and Michael J. Fox among the competitors.

The contenders for the annual TV and film prizes were revealed Thursday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in Los Angeles, with actors Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Aziz Ansari announcing the nominees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Steve McQueen's surprising slave tale 12 Years a Slave and David O. Russell's American Hustle, which revisits the FBI Abscam scandal, each earned a leading seven nominations.

Best dramatic film nominees include: 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena and Rush.

Best comedy or musical film nominees are American Hustle, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Nominees in the acting categories spread the kudos even wider.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of 12 Years a Slave, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom's Idris Elba were heavily favoured for nods in the category of best actor in a dramatic film. (The two British stars are incidentally also competitors for best actor in a miniseries or made-for-television movie: Ejiofor for Dancing on the Edge and Elba for Luther).

Their rivals for the best dramatic film actor title are Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) and Robert Redford (All is Lost).

Vying for best actor in a film comedy or musical are: American Hustle's Christian Bale, Nebraska's Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio of The Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac and Joaquin Phoenix for Her.

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) and Sandra Bullock (Gravity) were also favoured as most-likely nominees for best actress in a dramatic film. Their competition includes Judi Dench (Philomena), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Kate Winslet (Labor Day).

Meryl Streep, the matriarch of August: Osage County, was another shoo-in for a nod, earning a nomination for best actress in a comedy or musical film. She faces Amy Adams (American Hustle), Julie Delpy (Before Midnight), Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said).

Canadians nominated in top TV categories

Maslany, who was born in Regina, will compete for the coveted best actress in a TV drama category for her critically acclaimed turn in the sci-fi series Orphan Black.

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Canadian rising star Tatiana Maslany earned a coveted best dramatic TV actress nomination for her widely praised performance in the sci-fi series Orphan Black. (BBC America)

Her competition includes longtime favourite Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Robin Wright (House of Cards).

TV veteran Fox's return to sitcoms in The Michael J. Fox Show landed him a nomination for best actor in a TV comedy. The Edmonton-born actor's rivals include Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).

The Netflix-streamed House of Cards, high-profile Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra and the recently concluded drug drama Breaking Bad led a mixed field of television nominees.

Breaking Bad will vie for best TV drama, alongside Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards and Masters of Sex.

Bryan Cranston's nuanced and diabolical turn as schoolteacher-turned-drug kingpin Walter White landed him a final, widely predicted nomination for best actor in a TV drama for Breaking Bad. His rivals include Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) and James Spader (The Black List).

Contenders for best comedy or musical TV series are The Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation.

Meanwhile, familiar faces fill the category for best actress in a TV comedy or musical: Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep, one of her two acting nominations) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation).

The Golden Globes ceremony in January will include a tribute to director and actor Woody Allen, who will be honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by comedy stars Tina Fey and Poehler, take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 12.

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Comedy stars Tina Fey, left, and Amy Poehler will return as hosts of the Golden Globe Awards for a second time, at the ceremony in January in Los Angeles. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC/File/The Associated Press)

Nominees for the 71st Golden Globe Awards:

MOTION PICTURES

  • Drama: 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, GravityPhilomena, Rush.
  • Musical or Comedy: American Hustle, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street.
  • Actor, Drama: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave; Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips; Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club; Robert Redford, All Is Lost.
  • Actress, Drama: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks; Kate Winslet, Labor Day.
  • Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity; Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips; Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave; Alexander Payne, Nebraska; David O. Russell, American Hustle.
  • Actor, Musical or Comedy: Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street; Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis; Joaquin Phoenix, Her.
  • Actress, Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, American Hustle; Julie Delpy, Before Midnight; Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County.
  • Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips; Daniel Bruhl, Rush; Bradley Cooper, American Hustle; Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave; Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club.
  • Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine; Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle; Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave; Julia Roberts, August: Osage County; June Squibb, Nebraska.
  • Foreign Language: Blue Is the Warmest Color; The Great Beauty, The Hunt, The Past, The Wind Rises.
  • Animated Film: The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Frozen.
  • Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her; Bob Nelson, Nebraska; Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, Philomena; John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave; Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, American Hustle.
  • Original Score: Alex Ebert, All Is Lost; Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Steven Price, Gravity; John Williams, "The Book Thief; Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave.
  • Original Song: Atlas (music and lyrics by Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; Let it Go (music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez), Frozen; Ordinary Love (music by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. and Brian Burton, lyrics by Bono), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Please Mr. Kennedy (music and lyrics by Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen), Inside Llewyn Davis; Sweeter Than Fiction (music and lyrics by Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff), One Chance.

TELEVISION

  • Drama: Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Masters of Sex.
  • Actor, Drama: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan; Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex; Kevin Spacey, House of Cards.
  • Actress, Drama: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black; Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black; Kerry Washington, Scandal; Robin Wright, House of Cards.
  • Series, Musical or Comedy: The Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation.
  • Actress, Musical or Comedy: Zooey Deschanel, New Girl; Lena Dunham, Girls; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation.
  • Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development; Don Cheadle, House of Lies; Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show; Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory; Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
  • Miniseries or Movie: American Horror Story: Coven, Behind the Candelabra, Dancing on the Edge, Top of the Lake, White Queen.
  • Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor; Rebecca Ferguson, White Queen; Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven; Helen Mirren, Phil Spector; Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
  • Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra; Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge; Idris Elba, Luther; Al Pacino, Phil Spector.
  • Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge; Janet McTeer, White Queen; Hayden Panettiere, Nashville; Monica Potter, Parenthood; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family.
  • Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Josh Charles, The Good Wife; Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra; Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad; Corey Stoll, House of Cards; Jon Voight, Ray Donovan.

With files from The Associated Press