“Philomena”, the highly acclaimed movie which tells the tale of unwed mother Philomena Lee and her 50-year-long search for her son, has been nominated in three categories for the 2014 Golden Globes.

Dame Judi Dench, who plays the title role, is nominated for the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama award and Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan are nominated in the category of Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture and the movies is also up for the Best Motion Picture Drama award.

The fact that a smaller production, such as “Philomena”, has been nominated for so many awards has taken the media by surprise. However it was the big hitting popular TV shows and high-profile movies that dominated the list.

This year's nominations are riddled with British talent, including Dame Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen. BBC America also earned three nominations for Idris Elba in "Luther," Helena Bonham Carter in “Burton and Taylor”, and Tatiana Maslany in “Orphan Black.” Elba was also nominated for “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.”

“American Hustle”, featuring an all star cast including Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, came out at the head of the league with four nominations. “12 Years a Slave” starring Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt also dominated the list.

Here’s a list of the select nominations for the Golden Globes 2014:
Best Motion Picture Drama:
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:
American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis
Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama:
Chiwetel Ejiofor,12 years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All is Lost
Best Actor in a motion picture, Musical or Comedy:
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo Dicaprio, Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama:
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labour Day
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delphy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August Osage County
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Best Director in a Motion Picture:
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture:
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell and Eric Singer Warren, American Hustle
Best Original Score for a Motion Picture:
All Is Lost
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
The Book Thief
12 Years a Slave