Daniel Day-Lewis, starred in Lincoln
US civil war drama, Lincoln has led this year's Baftas with 10 nominations including best film and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.
Day-Lewis's co-stars Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field have been shortlisted for best supporting actor and actress.
However, the film's award-winning director Steven Spielberg missed out in the best director category, reports the BBC.
Musical adaptation Les Miserables and Ang Lee's Life of Pi have both received nine nominations.
Speaking to the BBC's Lizo Mzimba at the announcement, film critic Mark Kermode said: "As far as Lincoln was concerned, all the attention was on Daniel Day-Lewis.
"Whatever anybody thinks about the film - and the critics have been somewhat divided, everybody thought his performance was captivating and completely believable."
Following closely behind the leaders pack was Bond film Skyfall with eight nominations, including best British film and best supporting actor and actress for Javier Bardem and Judi Dench.
It will battle it out with four other titles to be named outstanding British film at the awards ceremony on 10 February.
They were The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, and Seven Psychopaths.
The nominations were announced by Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine at the The British Academy of Film and Television Arts headquarters in London on Wednesday.
Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman have been recognised in the lead actor and actress categories in Tom Hooper's big-screen adaptation of Les Miserables.
Political thriller Argo has received seven nominations with Ben Affleck in the running for best director and best actor.
Other American movies to feature in the shortlist for this year's Bafta awards were Zero Dark Thirty with five nominations, including best director for Kathryn Bigelow and Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master which received four.
Silver Linings Playbook garnered nods for Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in the best actress and best actor categories. The romantic comedy-drama has also been nominated for best adapted screenplay.
Dame Helen Mirren has been nominated for best actress for her role as Alfred Hitchcock's wife in Hitchcock.
"This was a wonderful role," said Mirren, adding: "Alma Reville was more than Hitchcock's wife, in many ways she was his muse, his assistant, his editor and more, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to portray her."
There were some notable exclusions in this year's shortlist.
While Les Miserables was the only British film to feature in both the best film and best British film categories, its Oscar-winning director, Tom Hooper, missed out on a director's nod while another British Oscar-winner, Sam Mendes, was also left out of the same category for Skyfall.
James Bond star Daniel Craig, who was nominated for his role as the suave spy in the film Casino Royale, also missed out in the acting category.
Though the film is in the running for best British film, it means the Bond series is still looking for its first ever nomination for best film.