Oscar loves Old Men

By Tim Surette

Feb 25, 2008

With an industry starved of a star-studded awards show earlier this year, the lifting of the writers' strike a few weeks ago could not have come at a better time. "The industry" feasted on the 80th Academy Awards Sunday night, which finally delivered the celeb-filled gala event that Tinseltown needs each year to validate itself and recognize the best performances in film over the past year.

Jon Stewart, who used his patented mix of off-the-cuff humor, political poking, and zany wisecracks all evening, referred to the evening as "make-up sex," as writers and producers hugged it out and settled their differences. The agreement allowed the celebrities everyone wanted to see to show up without fear of breaking any picket lines and do what they do best: dress up, read jokes from teleprompters, and pat one another on the back.

The most pats of the evening went to people involved with the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men, which went home with a show-high four awards. The critics-favorite thriller won Best Picture, Best Director(s) (Joel and Ethan Coen), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Javier Bardem), and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Favorite Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor award for There Will Be Blood, for his portrayal of a ruthless oil man. Bardem gave one of the more stirring speeches, needing two languages to get his point across. Best actress Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) was this year's token shaken-up victor, and supporting actress winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) promised to give her statue to her agent.

Other winners included Ratatouille for Best Animated Feature, Diablo Cody for penning the Best Original Screenplay (Juno), and Taxi to the Dark Side for Best Documentary.

A partial list of winners is below. For a complete list of winners, head over to the official Web site of the Academy Awards.

Best Picture
No Country for Old Men
Michael Clayton
There Will Be Blood
Juno
Atonement

Actor in a Leading Role
George Clooney--Michael Clayton
Daniel Day Lewis--There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp--Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tommy Lee Jones--In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen--Eastern Promises

Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett--Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie--Away From Her
Marion Cotillard--La Vie En Rose
Laura Linney--The Savages
Ellen Page--Juno

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Casey Affleck--The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Tom Wilkinson--Michael Clayton
Phillip Seymour Hoffman--Charlie Wilson's War
Javier Bardem--No Country for Old Men
Hal Holbrook--Into the Wild

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett--I'm Not There
Ruby Dee--American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan--Atonement
Amy Ryan--Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton--Michael Clayton

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  • DaVulture Feb 26, 2008

    I liked Jon Stewart as the host but again the show kind of went way over and wasn't as exciting at the previous Oscars. I was happy when Daniel Day Lewis won an Oscar, but overall it seemed to have way to many montages, cheesy songs and kind of boring at times. But yeah, I heard the ratings were down this year probably because most of the movies nominated weren't exactly blockbusters, but overall the movies were better then the movies nominated from last year.

  • OhioStateHack Feb 26, 2008

    I thought "So Close" from Enchanted should have won best song.

  • mammalazz Feb 26, 2008

    i want to see the danial day lewis movie it looks so good

  • llykej Feb 25, 2008

    The academy finally had to make up for ripping them off for Fargo.

  • babyitsfact Feb 25, 2008

    I'm so glad Marion won. Had Ellen won, it would've been a repeat of last year's Jennifer Hudson crap.

  • PerfectDark0Fan Feb 25, 2008

    No Country For Old Men looks like a great movie that I want to see.

  • JERININE Feb 25, 2008

    Academy Awards would have done better by showing some of the past clips more and the new stars less. By the way where was Whoopi Golberg when they were showing all the guest hosts through the years??I believe she was the First Black

    Woman TO host who also won an Academy Award for GHOST! Bad job! She should have been shown!! By the way she was one of the best hosts ever. You go Whoopi! Especially this year she should have been shown in the montage of hosts!

  • JERININE Feb 25, 2008

    Academy Awards would have done better by showing some of the past clips more and the new stars less. By the way where was Whoopi Golberg when they were showing all the guest hosts through the years??I believe she was the First Black

    Woman TO host who also won an Academy Award for GHOST! Bad job! She should have been shown!! By the way she was one of the best hosts ever. You go Whoopi! Especially this year she should have been shown in the montage of hosts!