Coen Bros. pic gets nod for best picture
And the Oscar for best picture went to No Country for Old Men — the big winners of the night with four golden statuettes.
No Country for Old Men swept the 80th annual Academy Awards clean having won in the categories of best adapted screenplay, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for directing, best picture and actor in a supporting role that was handed to Javier Bardem.
"This is pretty amazing, this is a great honour for me to have this … I want to share this with the cast … and I want to dedicate this to my mother," said Bardem.
"This is an unbelievable honour and a complete surprise," said producer Scott Rudin who accepted the trophy for best picture during last night’s gala event at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.
The Oscar for actor in a leading role was won by Daniel Day Lewis, who beat out heavy weights such as George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street), Tommy Lee Jones (In the Valley Of Elah) and Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises.)
"My deepest thanks to the members of the academy for whacking me with the handsomest bludgeon in town … thank you very much indeed," said Day Lewis.
The film Juno, shot in Vancouver and starring Canadian Ellen Page, also won an Academy Award for writing (original screenplay).
"This is for the writers, and I want to thank all the writers and I especially want to thank my fellow nominees … I’m learning so much from you every day … I want to thank the super, incredible Ellen Page," said screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Nominated for three Oscars, the film La Vie En Rose collected two of its three nods — achievement in makeup and actress in a leading role won by Marion Cotillard.
The actress, in her portrayal of French chanteuse Edith Piaf, upset Cate Blanchett, Julie Christie, Laura Linney, and Halifax’s Ellen Page to take home the prize.
"Thank you so much … Olivier (Dahan) you rocked my life, you rocked my life … well I’m speechless now, thank you life, thank you love, it is true there are some angels in this city," said Cotillard.