'No Country for Old Men' Wins Big at Oscars Joel and Ethan Coen are celebrating a big win. Their crime saga No Country for Old Men was the big winner at Sunday's Academy Awards, taking home four Oscars, including Best Picture.
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'No Country for Old Men' Wins Big at Oscars

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports on the award-winning film.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO: The Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, had been favorites to win Oscars, and their Texas crime saga "No Country for Old Men" earned four, including Best Picture, Directing and Best Adapted Screenplay. Holding one of his trophies, Joel Coen talked about having collaborated on movies with his brother since childhood.

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DEL BARCO: Honestly, what we do now doesn't feel that much different from what we were doing then. And we're very thankful to all of you out there for letting us continue to play in our corner of the sandbox. So thank you very much.

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DEL BARCO: Coen's brother Ethan was a man of fewer words. He gave a brief thanks for his first award and the second time...

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DEL BARCO: Thank you.

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DEL BARCO: Javier Bardem, the man who played a psycho killer in the Coen brothers' film, went home with the Best Supporting Actor award.

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DEL BARCO: Thank you to the Coens for being crazy enough to think that I could do that and put one of the most horrible haircuts in history over my head.

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DEL BARCO: The Spanish actor was one of the Europeans who swept the top acting awards. Among them, Irish actor Daniel Day Lewis, who won for "There Will Be Blood," British actress Tilda Swinton for her supporting role in "Michael Clayton," and French actress Marion Cotillard, who played singer Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose." In the movie Cotillard mouthed the lyrics, but backstage after winning she showed off her own singing voice.

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DEL BARCO: (Singing in French)

DEL BARCO: And for reporters backstage Cotillard remained surprised for having won for Best Actress.

DEL BARCO: I'm totally overwhelmed with joy and sparkles and fireworks and everything which goes like bam, bam, bam.

DEL BARCO: The Best Original Song award went to the tune "Falling Slowly" from the indie musical "Once."

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DEL BARCO: (Singing) I don't know you, but I want you.

DEL BARCO: After performing the song, Dublin musician Glen Hansard accepted the award first.

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DEL BARCO: This is amazing. Make art. Make art. Thanks.

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DEL BARCO: In his opening monologue the "Daily Show" star joked about the presidential election, the stars and the Hollywood writer's strike.

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DEL BARCO: The past three and a half months have been very tough. The town was torn apart by a bitter writer's strike, but I'm happy to say that the fight is over - so tonight...

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DEL BARCO: ...tonight, welcome to the make-up sex.

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DEL BARCO: Hollywood writers have only been back at work for two weeks, and many who watched the ceremony say it was evident in the canned movie montages and the show's writing, with weaker jokes and even stiffer than usual speeches, like this obtuse intro from Harrison Ford.

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DEL BARCO: Movies are made of ideas and pictures and words.

DEL BARCO: Mandalit del Barco, NPR News, Hollywood.

INSKEEP: It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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