The nominations were announced in Los Angeles, the company that produced the film, Videovision Entertainment, said in a statement.
Idris Elba, who plays Mandela in the film, was nominated for Best Actor and the film’s music composer, Alex Heffes, scooped a nomination in the Best Original Score category.
Irish rock band U2 was nominated for the Best Original Song for “Ordinary Love”, a song written specially for the film.
The film’s producer Anant Singh said it was an honour to have received three Golden Globe Nominations. This was a first for a South African film.
Elba also received a nomination for Best Actor in a Mini-Series made for Television for his role in the television series, Luther.
“We congratulate Idris on his amazing performance in the film and his double nomination, and we congratulate Alex and U2 on receiving this recognition,” said Singh.