Lone Scherfig's film, starring Oscar hopeful Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard, edged out Inglourious Basterds, The Hurt Locker, Avatar and The Lovely Bones as the most-nominated film when the Academy's initial list of picks was announced on Thursday (07Jan10).
Mulligan is among the Best Actress candidates and Scherfig is up for Best Director.
Quentin Tarantino's Basterds landed 15 nods and Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker scored 12.
Meanwhile, David Bowie's son Duncan Jones was also recognised for his acclaimed 2009 film Moon, which picked up 10 mentions.
And the 21 February prizegiving looks set to be a big night for Clint Eastwood - the film icon landed five nominations as producer, director and actor for Invictus and Gran Torino.
The shortlist will be reduced to five nominations in each field and announced on 21 January (10), but the nods for Film Not in the English Language have already been announced - they are for Broken Embraces, Coco Before Chanel, Let the Right One In, A Prophet and The White Ribbon.