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.
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
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
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
Amy Ryan--Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton--Michael Clayton