The slavery epic "12 Years a Slave" and the con-artist caper "American Hustle" lead the 71st annual Golden Globes with seven nominations each.
The nominations announced Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association spread the nominations around, but the large haul for "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" suggested the films may be this year's Oscar favorites.
Also in the mix are Alexander Payne's father-son road trip "Nebraska," with five nominations, including best actor for Bruce Dern. The space odyssey "Gravity" earned four nominations, as did the Somali pirate thriller "Captain Phillips."
The nominations for best animated film are: "The Croods," ''Despicable Me 2" and "Frozen."
HBO leads all television networks with nine Golden Globe nominations. Netflix, which didn't exist as a programming source a couple of years ago, snagged six nominations - more than stalwarts ABC, CBS and NBC.
Starz and Showtime also had six nominations each.
The Golden Globes set up a potential victory lap for the well-regarded final season of "Breaking Bad," which was nominated for best drama series and earned Bryan Cranston a nod for best actor. After sweeping the drama awards earlier this year, Showtime's "Homeland" was shut out for the major awards.
Lena Dunham of "Girls" and Don Cheadle of "House of Lies" have a chance to repeat as comedy winners.
The 71st annual Golden Globes will be presented Jan. 12 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and airing live on NBC.