There was no competition for No Country for Old Men at the 80th Annual Academy Awards.
Heading in with eight nominations, the drug drama converted half of them into wins, which included Best Picture, Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem and Director and Adapted Screenplay for Joel and Ethan Coen.
“I don’t have a lot to add to what I said earlier. Thank you,” Ethan said when accepting the duo’s Directing award.
Javier had more to say — and in Spanish — when accepting his trophy.
"This is pretty amazing. I have to speak fast here, man. I want to dedicate this my mother. I have to say this in Spanish,” he said before lapsing into Spanish to honor his mom and family and all those back home.
"This is… for Spain and for all of us," the actor said in his native tongue.
It was a good night for foreigners all around. Looking very international, the Oscars awarded foreign thespians in all four of its acting categories — the first time it’s happened since 1964. In addition to Javier, Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Supporting Actress Tilda Swinton represented England while upset Best Actress winner Marion Cotillard took one home for France.
"I’m speechless," the La Vie en Rose star said while accepting her golden boy over favorite Julie Christie. "Thank you, life. Thank you, love. It is true there are some angels in this city. Thank you so, so much."
Her win for her transformative role as chanteuse Edith Piaf marked the second time a foreign language performance won — following Sophia Loren for Two Women in 1962 — and the first time a French-language performance won.
Equally shocked was Tilda, who edged Cate Blanchett (a double nominee who went 0-for-2), with her legal eagle turn in Michael Clayton. But she settled in quite nicely on stage, dedicating her Oscar to her agent, whom she says looks like the trophy, right down "to his buttocks, it must be said." She also took a shot at co-star and Best Actor nominee George Clooney.
“Seeing you climb into that rubber bat suit from Batman & Robin, the one with the nipples, every morning under your costume, on the set, off the set, hanging upside-down at lunch, you rock, man,” she said.
After a near clean sweep of the awards season, the Day-Lewis juggernaut finally landed onto the Kodak stage and the now two-time Oscar winner made sure to thank the man responsible for his newest trophy — There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson.
"I’m looking at this gorgeous thing you’ve given me," Daniel said, "and I’m thinking back to the first devilish wish of a whisper of an idea that came to him and everything since and it seems to me that this sprang like a golden sampling out of the mad, beautiful head of Paul Thomas Anderson."
Another favorite going into the awards was Juno screenwriter, Diablo Cody, who cashed in her nod for a statuette as well. Dressed in an animal-printed frock, the former stripper/blogger gave a shout-out to writers before getting emotional about her family.
“This is for the writers," she said. "I want to thank all the writers, especially my fellow writers… Most of all I want to thank my family for loving me the way I am.”
Her late win in the ceremony ensured none of the Best Picture nominees went home empty-handed. Juno, Atonement and Michael Clayton each won one. There Will Be Blood took two with the aforementioned No Country racking up four.
By Joyce Eng