Nominated for best musical or comedy are the British retiree adventure The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the Tom Hooper musical Les Miserables, first-love tale Moonrise Kingdom, fishing romance Salmon Fishing In The Yemen and the lost-soul romance Silver Linings Playbook.
Along with Daniel as Abraham Lincoln, best dramatic actor contenders are Richard Gere as a deceitful Wall Streeter in Arbitrage, John Hawkes as a polio victim trying to lose his virginity in The Sessions, Joaquin Phoenix as a Navy veteran under the sway of a cult leader in The Master and Denzel Washington as a boozy airline pilot in Flight.
Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor is nominated for the best actor in a musical or comedy film for his role in Salmon Fishing In The Yemen. Co-star Emily Blunt receives a nod in the female category along with fellow Brit Dame Judi Dench for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Maggie Smith as an ageing singer in a retirement home in Quartet.
Dramatic-actress nominees are Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty, Marion Cotillard in Rust And Bone, Dame Helen Mirren as Alfred Hitchcock's strong-minded wife in Hitchcock, Naomi Watts as a woman caught up in a devastating tsunami in The Impossible, and Rachel Weisz as a woman ruined by an affair in The Deep Blue Sea.
There was also recognition for Adele after her Bond theme, Skyfall, was nominated for best original song in a motion picture.