Regionally, gripping Palestinian movie Omar – which opened the Dubai International Film Festival in December – picked up a Best Foreign Film nod.
12 Years a Slave is currently the front-runner for best movie, while Alfonso Cuaron deserves to be the clear winner for Best Director, following his groundbreaking Gravity.
Matthew McConaughey is being tipped for best actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, while Cate Blanchett leads the ladies picks with Blue Jasmine.
Notable omissions include American Hustle in best make-up and wardobe (it looks fantastic), The Wolf of Wall Street in best editing (Scorsese's longtime collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker is typically zippy form) - and the unsentimental absence of Idris Elba's portrayal of Nelson Mandela amongst the actor nominees.
Announced on Thursday January 16pm, around 5.40pm UAE time, below is a list of nominees in the main awards categories:
Best picture 12 Years a Slave American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Nebraska Philomena The Wolf of Wall Street
Best director Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave Alexander Payne, Nebraska David O Russell, American Hustle Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
Best actor Christian Bale, American Hustle Bruce Dern, Nebraska Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best actress Amy Adams, American Hustle Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Sandra Bullock, Gravity Judi Dench, Philomena Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Best supporting actor Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips Bradley Cooper, American Hustle Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best 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 Best animated feature The Croods Despicable Me 2 Ernest and Celestine Frozen The Wind Rises
Best adapted screenplay Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke - Before Midnight Billy Ray - Captain Phillips Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope - Philomena John Ridley - 12 Years a Slave Terence Winter - The Wolf of Wall Street
Best original screenplay Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell - American Hustle Woody Allen - Blue Jasmine Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack - Dallas Buyers Club Spike Jonze - Her Bob Nelson - Nebraska
Best foreign language film The Broken Circle Breakdown The Great Beauty The Hunt The Missing Picture Omar
Best original song Let It Go - Frozen Ordinary Love - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Alone Yet Not Alone - Alone Yet Not Alone Happy - Despicable Me 2 The Moon Song - Her
Best Documentary Feature The Act of Killing Cutie and the Boxer Dirty Wars The Square 20 Feet from Stardom