So Life of Pi emerged as the overall winner of the night with four wins including an unexpected win for Ang Lee for Best Director, snaffling the gong from a sure-thinged Spielberg. Pi also won for Best Original Score for Mychael Danna (his first), Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.
Argo won three awards - the predicted Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Editing.
Also with a modest three was Les Misérables including an Oscar for Anne Hathaway she was so destined to win they probably started embossing her name on hearing the news she'd joined the cast. It also won for Sound Mixing and Hair and Makeup.
Django Unchained won two gongs - one for Quentin, who gave a typically gushing school-boy speech, and one for Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor in one of the widest open categories in years.
Lincoln had to make do with just two awards - for Day Lewis, as the runes had predicted since day one, and one for Production Design.
Silver Linings Playbook only managed to snag one of its eight nominations - for Jennifer Lawrence in the Best Actress category.
Good news for Bond fans too as Skyfall picked up 40% of its nominations - one for Adele and one for Sound Editing, although Roger Deakins missed out on collecting an award for Best Cinematography, bringing his total Academy Award Nomination to Win ratio to 10/0.