Actress Judi Dench has said she is "proud" to have been nominated for the best actress Oscar, for her role in Philomena.
She said: "This is just the loveliest news. I'm so happy for everybody involved, and so proud to have been part of the wonderful experience that Philomena has been."
Meryl Streep's best supporting actress nomination for her role in August: Osage County is her 18th Oscar nomination - a record for the awards.
British film Philomena and 12 Years A Slave, directed by Londoner Steve McQueen, are both nominated for the best picture Oscar.
London-born director Steve McQueen is nominated for the best director Oscar for 12 Years A Slave.
British film Philomena, which stars Steve Coogan and Dam Judi Dench, is nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.
The nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards will be announced from exactly 1.38pm today.
The 86th Academy Awards will celebrate movie heroes, producers have announced.
The show, hosted this year by comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, will celebrate popular, animated, real-life and movie heroes, as well as film makers who took risks.
Producers said in a statement they want to create "an evening of fun and joy" when the show is broadcast on Sunday March 2.
Films starring Judi Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch head up the British hopes for nominations at this year's Oscars.
Nominations for the annual awards show are due to be announced at 1:30pm later today, with British-American production 12 Years A Slave tipped as a hot contender.
The Steve McQueen film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free-born African American violinist who is captured and sold to Michael Fassbender's sadistic plantation owner.
It won best film at the Golden Globes on Sunday and British film fans are hoping it will repeat that success throughout the awards season.
Steve Coogan may also get a nod for his work on Philomena - the man behind Alan Partridge has already been nominated for writing the screenplay, which follows Judi Dench's attempts to find the son she was forced to give up for adoption.