Popular favorite "The Bourne Ultimatum" went three-for-three Sunday night with Oscar wins in tech catgeroies -- editing, sound mixing and sound editing.
With the writers strike over for a dozen days, the bitter work stoppage stayed very much in the background at Sunday night's Oscar ceremonies.
Diablo Cody completed her unlikely journey from exotic dancer (Jon Stewart's term) to Academy Award winner with her victory for original screenplay.
The Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men" is poised to do significant box office biz as a result its best pic win, thanks to the fact that the movie is still in theaters.
Marion Cotillard won one of the most closely watched categories of the evening, winning the statuette for "La vie en rose."
Hollywood was determined to stay chipper on Oscar night, no matter how gray the skies and how turbulent the recent past.
Tilda Swinton scored the first major surprise of the evening when she nabbed the best supporting actress statuette for her turn as a morally compromised Karen Crowder in "Michael Clayton."
Vanity Fair's after-party pullout may have dimmed the festivities in Hollywood, but New York magazine, Variety and the Acad's East Coast branch kept the party banners flying in Gotham.
"This category has been taking a beating from the press," said Mark Johnson in his opening remarks at the Academy's pre-Oscar symposium featuring foreign-language-film award nominees on Saturday.
The Coen brothers reprised their lopsided-personality act backstage -- Joel spoke comfortably and at length, while Ethan appeared visibly flustered -- but both agreed their work on "No Country for…
Acting prizes went to Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Tilda Swinton and Javier Bardem at the 80th annual Academy Awards.