The nominations for best director and best film are identical, with Slumdog Millionaire, The Reader, Milk, Frost/Nixon and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button up for both.
The latter of these leads the way with 13 nominations, with Slumdog Millionaire best of the rest with 10.
As widely expected, the late Heath Ledger gets a posthumous nod for The Dark Knight. His Brokeback Mountain co-star Anne Hathaway is also up for a statue for Rachel Getting Married.
Michael Sheen looks unlucky to miss out on a nod for Frost/Nixon, while his co-star Frank Langella goes up against Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke for the Best Actor statue.
Six Feet Under star Richard Jenkins finds himself nominated in the same category for The Visitor in what looks like a very tight race this year.