Brits end up disappointed.
The Golden Globes - the boozier, more mischievous cousin of the Oscars - held its annual awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, and American Hustle was the biggest winner of the night.
David O. Russell’s heist comedy-drama won best musical/comedy, and there were acting awards for its two female stars, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, for best actress and best supporting actress respectively.
12 Years A Slave, considered an Oscar frontrunner, went into the ceremony with the most nominations at seven, but ultimately had to settle for just best drama.
British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor was hotly tipped to win best actor for his gruelling portrayal of kidnapped slave Solomon Northup, but he was pipped to the gong by Matthew McConaughey for his work in Dallas Buyers Club.
Another Brit, Idris Elba, also left disappointed despite good odds for a win in the same category - his timely portrayal of the late Nelson Mandela has won universal acclaim.
It was a largely disappointing evening for British talent: Emma Thompson, Dame Judi Dench Helena Bonham-Carter, Sally Hawkins and Kate Winslet all missed out on awards despite their nominations.
Aside from American Hustle, there was no outright dominant film in the night. Dallas Buyers Club won two awards, but the gongs were otherwise spread relatively evenly.
12 Years A Slave, All Is Lost, Blue Jasmine, Frozen, Gravity, The Great Beauty, Her, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and The Wolf of Wall Street all took home a single award each.
The Golden Globes, awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is often seen as an important (if slightly leftfield) bellwether for Oscars, but right now, the race still seems very open.
For the full list of winners and nominees, click here.