Chris O'Dowd's new movie The Sapphires has scored an impressive 12 nominations for the upcoming Australian Academy of Cinema And Television Arts (Aacta) Awards.

The Boyle native has landed a Best Actor nod for his band manager role in the comedy, while his co-stars Deborah Mailman and Jessica Mauboy were respectively nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

The Sapphires is also nominated in the Best Direction and Best Film categories, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography, among others.

Other Best Film contenders include German drama Lore, Wish You Were Here and Burning Man.

The ceremony will be held in Sydney next January (13).