Dark comedy Birdman won the most nominations for the Golden Globes on Thursday, securing another boost for its awards season hopes leading up to the all-important Oscars in February.
The film -- which stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up superhero film star trying to revive his career on the stage -- earned seven nods for the Globes, one day after topping the list for the key Screen Actors Guild awards.
Tied for second in the Globes nominations tally were coming-of-age drama Boyhood and Nazi code-breaking thriller The Imitation Game with five each.
Among the acting highlights, veterans Julianne Moore and Bill Murray both won two nominations.
On the small screen, Fargo took the most nominations with five for the 72nd Golden Globes show, the second most high-profile awards show after the Oscars.
The best motion picture drama nominees for the Globes -- which will be handed out on January 11 in Beverly Hills -- are Boyhood, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, Selma and The Theory of Everything.
In the race for best comedy or musical film are Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Into the Woods, Pride and St. Vincent.
Birdman had already topped the nominees list for the Independent Spirit awards announced last month, also seen as a key pre-Oscars indicator.
On Thursday, the movie scooped Globes nominations for best comedy/musical, best actor for Keaton, best director for Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, as well as best supporting actor nods for Emma Stone and Edward Norton.
It is also shortlisted for best original score and best screenplay.
Strong showing for Boyhood
The five nominations for Boyhood included best director for Richard Linklater, best drama film, best supporting actor and actress for Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, and best screenplay.
The Imitation Game won nods for best drama film, best actor for Britain's Benedict Cumberbatch, best supporting actress for his compatriot Keira Knightley, as well as best original score and screenplay.
In the best comedy/musical actor category, former Batman star Keaton will take on Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Murray (St. Vincent), Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) and Christoph Waltz for Tim Burton's Big Eyes.
Best comedy/musical actress nominees are Amy Adams for Big Eyes, Emily Blunt (Into the Woods), Helen Mirren (The Hundred-Foot Journey), Moore for Maps to the Stars and 11-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis for Annie.
In the drama categories, best actor nominees are Cumberbatch, Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), David Oyelowo (Selma) and Eddie Redmayne for the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.
Jennifer Aniston is up for best drama actress for Cake against Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Reese Witherspoon in Wild.
The Globes nominations were announced a day after the SAG award contenders. Birdman topped that list with four nods, including best ensemble cast and best actor for Keaton.
Although more high-profile than the SAGs, the Golden Globes are seen as less of an indicator of Oscars glory, as a relatively small group of non-US journalists chooses the winners, rather than the industry itself.
The Academy Awards will be held on February 22.
Complete list of nominations:
Best film, drama:
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Best film, musical or comedy:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Best actor, drama:
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best actor, musical or comedy:
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes
Best actress, drama:
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Best actress, musical or comedy:
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhane Wallis, Annie
Best supporting actor:
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best supporting actress:
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best foreign language film:
Force Majeure (Sweden)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett (Israel)
Tangerines Mandariinid (Estonia)
Best animated feature:
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
Best drama series:
The Affair (Showtime)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Best drama actor:
Clive Owen, The Knick
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
Dominic West, The Affair
Best drama actress:
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Best comedy series:
Jane the Virgin (CW)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Best comedy actor:
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Best comedy actress:
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Best mini-series or TV movie:
The Missing (Starz)
The Normal Heart (HBO)
Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
True Detective (HBO)
Best mini-series or TV movie actor:
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Best mini-series or TV movie actress:
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Frances O'Connor, The Missing
Allison Tolman, Fargo