Brits win big at Oscars 2008

It was all about the old world at the 80th Academy Awards last night. Europe tap danced away centre stage, while Hollywood waited glumly in the wings.

Daniel Day Lewis took best actor gong for his role as cartoonishly repellent oil baron Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood. While Tilda Swinton took one for the girls scooping best supporting actress for her role in Michael Clayton.

Proving there's still hope for the little man against the mighty Hollywood machine, low budget Irish Indie flick 'Once' also struck gold snagging 'best original song' for 'Falling Slowly'.

The Coen Brother's violent drug deal gone wrong thriller, 'No Country for Old men' snaffled 4 awards, including best film, (take that Atonement), best director, best supporting actor and best adapted screenplay. (Cue voracious lip jutting from Knightley)

Husky French beauty Marion Cotillard scooped Best Actress gong for her role as Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose . "I'm totally overwhelmed with joy and sparkles and fireworks and everything that goes like 'boom boom boom" she said to gathering reporters, racking up points in Hollywood luvvy-ville like her life depended on it.

And Javier Bardem flew the flag for Espana by taking best supporting actor gong for his role in 'No Country For Old Men'. Though true to silent killer form there were no wordy histrionics from him. 'This award is for Spain' he said simply before trundling away with his gong.

Completing the hatrick for Europe Austria scampered off with Best Foreign Film Award for Holocaust drama, The Counterfeiters.

So well done to all. And just on the offchance you're not already saturated by all things red carpeted, check out Daniel Day Lewis winning his gong....

Daniel Day Lewis wins Best Actor

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