Seafaring adventure Master and Commander is leading the field for the London Film Critics' Circle Awards after landing six nominations.
Russell Crowe's stars in Master and Commander
Among its haul are nominations for best film, best actor for Russell Crowe and best director for Peter Weir.
The contenders for best British film, named the Attenborough Award, include The Hours, Young Adam, The Magdalene Sisters and The Mother.
The awards will be held in London on 11 February in aid of the NSPCC charity.
Best British actor nominations include Jude Law for Cold Mountain, Paul Bettany for Master and Commander and Ewan McGregor for Young Adam.
Actresses competing in the British actress category are Tilda Swinton for Young Adam, Julie Walters and Dame Helen Mirren for Calendar Girls, Charlotte Rampling for The Swimming Pool and Anne Reid for The Mother.
The Film Critics' Circle was established to promote the art of criticism, with many of its members writing reviews for national and regional media.
As well as recognising British talent, the awards also look at the year's best cinema around the world.
Dame Helen Mirren and Julie Walters have both been nominated for Calendar Girls
Among those nominated in the best foreign film category are Etre et Avoir, Goodbye Lenin and Belleville Rendezvous.
Although the awards will be staged just weeks ahead of the Oscars, they will not necessarily be an indicator of Academy Award success because several of the Film Critics' Circle shortlist were eligible for last years Oscars, including The Hours and Far From Heaven.
Also nominated for best film are The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Mystic River.
Running alongside Crowe for best actor will be Ed Harris for The Hours, Sean Penn for Mystic River, Bill Murray for Lost in Translation and Nicholas Cage for Adaptation.
Nicole Kidman's performance in Civil War drama Cold Mountain has won her a best actress nomination, alongside Holly Hunter for Thirteen, Meryl Streep for Adaptation, Scarlett Johansson for Girl with a Pearl Earring and Julianne Moore for Far From Heaven.