LOS ANGELES - The Coen brothers have completed their journey from the fringes to's mainstream, winning four for " ," including best picture.
won for supporting actor in "No Country," which earned the best-picture honor as producers, best director and adapted screenplay.
Accepting the directing honor alongside his brother, Joel Coen recalled how they were making films since childhood, including one at the Minneapolis airport called ": Man on the Go."
"What we do now doesn't feel that much different from what we were doing then,"said. "We're very thankful to all of you out there for continuing to let us play in our corner of the sandbox."
won his second best-actor Academy Award on Sunday for the oil-boom epic "There Will Be Blood," while "La Vie En Rose" star was a surprise winner for best actress, riding the spirit of Edith Piaf to Oscar triumph over , who had been expected to win for "Away From Her."
While the quirky American Coens led the night, thehad a strong international flavor, with all four acting prizes went to Europeans: Frenchwoman Cotillard, Spaniard Bardem, and Brits Day-Lewis and , the supporting-actress winner for "Michael Clayton."