Ang Lee's adventure fantasy film Life of Pi, shot extensively in India with Indian starcast, will battle it out with Steven Spielberg's presidential biopic Lincoln for best film drama at this year's Golden Globes.
They are up against Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Ben Affleck's Argo and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty.
The film adaptation of stage hit Les Miserables has been recognised in the best musical or comedy category, while stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway have received acting nods, reported Deadline.
The ceremony will be held on January 13 at Beverly Hills and will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
British singer Adele has been nominated for best original song for her title track from the Bond film Skyfall.
She is up against Suddenly from Tom Hooper's adaptation of Les Miserables, plus songs from The Hunger Games, Brave and Stand Up Guys starring Al Pacino.
In the TV drama category, Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery has been nominated for best actress while her co-star Dame Maggie Smith was nominated in the supporting actress category, also for Downton Abbey.
Voted by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the awards are considered to be an important precursor to the Oscars.
In the foreign language category, Amour - the winner of the Palme d'Or in Cannes is up against A Royal Affair from Denmark, Untouchable from France, Rust & Bone and Kontiki.
It has already been announced that Silence of the Lambs actress Jodie Foster will receive the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at January's event, held in the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Lee's visually appealing 3D film stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, and Adil Hussain in lead roles.