Dark thriller NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN was the big winner at the 80th Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday (24Feb08), after claiming four of the eight prizes the film was nominated for. As well as being named the Best Motion Picture, siblings Joel + Ethan Coen claimed the night's Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay trophies, and Javier Bardem took home the Best Supporting Actor honour for his portrayal of the film's psychotic killer, Anton Chigurh. The Bourne Identity was a triple winner, collecting accolades for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing. And There Will Be Blood and La Vie En Rose were double winners. It was also a great night for Europe with Irishman Daniel Day-Lewis, French actress Marion Cotillard and Brit Tilda Swinton joining Spaniard Bardem in a clean sweep of the night's acting awards. Day-Lewis took home his second Best Actor Academy Award for his role in There Will Be Blood, French actress Marion Cotillard claimed the Best Actress prize for her stunning portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose and Tilda Swinton was awarded the Best Supporting Actress honour for her role in Michael Clayton. It was such a big night for Europe that more than half the night's awards went to Italy, France, Ireland, Britain, Austria and Spain. The full list of winners is: Best Costume Design: Alexandra Byrne (Elizabeth: The Golden Age) Best Animated Feature Film: Ratatouille Best Makeup: Didier LaVergne + Jan Archibald (La Vie En Rose) Best Visual Effects: Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris + Trevor Wood (The Golden Compass) Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti + Francesca Lo Schiavo (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) Best Live Action Short: Le Mozart Des Pickpockets Best Animated Short Film: Peter + The Wolf Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) Best Adapted Screenplay: Joel + Ethan Coen (No Country For Old Men) Best Sound Editing: Karen Baker Landers + Per Hallberg (The Bourne Ultimatum) Best Sound Mixing: Scott Millan, David Parker + Kirk Francis (The Bourne Ultimatum) Best Actress: Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) Best Film Editing: Christopher Rouse (The Bourne Ultimatum) Best Foreign Language Film: The Counterfeiters Best Song: Falling Slowly (Once) Best Cinematography: Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood) Best Original Score: Dario Marianelli (Atonement) Best Documentary Short: Freeheld Best Documentary: Taxi To The Darkside Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody (Juno) Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood) Best Director: Joel + Ethan Coen (No Country For Old Men) Best Motion Picture: No Country For Old Men Honorary Oscar: Robert Boyle
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