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The Austrian film The Counterfeiters won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 80th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night.
Hopes had been high in Israel that Joseph Cedar's Beaufort, the first Israeli nominee in this category in 24 years, would win. Cedar attended the ceremony and a group of his young stars went to Los Angeles to accompany him.
Oshri Cohen, the lead in the film, told YES television by phone from Hollywood that there was a feeling of "crazy disappointment" at the would-be victory party after the Foreign Language Oscar was announced. "We're going out to find a better party," he said.
The big winner of the night was the Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men," which won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor, all wins that were predicted by pundits. Daniel Day-Lewis, the Best Actor winner for "There Will Be Blood" was also the favorite in that category.
The big upset was in the Best Actress race, in which French newcomer Marion Cotillard took the prize for her performance as Edith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose," besting veteran Julie Christie in "Away from Her." Tilda Swinton took Best Supporting Actress honors for her turn as a vicious corporate lawyer in "Michael Clayton."