It was a good night for Brits at the 80th Academy Awards on Sunday night with Daniel Day-Lewis and Tilda Swinton winning top honours. Daniel won the best actor Oscar at the event, held at the Kodak theatre in Hollywood, for his powerhouse performance in the drama There Will Be Blood. The star, who has joint British-Irish citizenship, collected his award from Dame Helen Mirren, and joked about her performance in her film The Queen. “This is the closest I’ll ever come to getting a knighthood,” he said. On accepting his award, Daniel gave his “deepest thanks” to the Academy for “whacking me with the handsomest bludgeon in town”. Daniel’s Oscar is his second – he previously won for My Left Foot in 1990. Tilda took the best supporting actress gong for her role in Michael Clayton and dedicated her award to one of her US representatives. “I have an American agent who is the spitting image of this,” she said. “Really, truly. The same shape head and, it has to be said, the buttocks.” But the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men was the night’s big winner, picking up four statuettes including best film and best director. The dark comedy, about a hitman who gets involved in the aftermath of a major drugs deal, also picked up best adapted screenplay and best supporting actor for Javier Bardem. Meanwhile, France’s Marion Cotillard was rewarded for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose with a best actress Oscar. This was a shock win of the night with many certain that British actress Julie Christie would walk away with the prize following her Golden Globe win for her part in Away From Her.