Europeans Sweep Acting Oscars

"I had the sort of reverse 'Zoolander' moment. You know in "Zoolander" when he jumps onto the stage even though someone else's name is gone," Swinton said. "I kind of didn't hear my own name. [It's] a [of] sort of delay. It came like in a bad connection from Europe and I was just sitting there happily waiting to clap for somebody else and slowly I realized."

Immediately afterward, Swinton said she was unable to remember what she said in her acceptance speech, but she did playfully tease co-star and best actor nominee George Clooney about his dedication to the craft.

"George Clooney, you know, the seriousness and the dedication to your art, seeing you climb into that rubber bat suit from 'Batman & Robin,' the one with the nipples," Swinton joked.

This year's ceremony marked the second time in the Oscar's 80-year history that all four top acting winners were foreigners. The first time this occurred was in 1964, when the recipients were Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Peter Ustinov and Lila Kedrova, according to The Associated Press.


Diablo Cody got Oscar gold for best screenplay.

Writer Diablo Cody won the Oscar for best screenplay for the pregnant teen comedy "Juno." It was Cody's first-ever screenplay and a long way from her beginnings as a stripper.

During the 29-year-old's acceptance speech, Cody made it a point to thank writers, who had been on strike for three months just prior to the awards.

"This is for the writers, and I want to thank all the writers. I especially want to thank my fellow nominees because I worship you guys and I'm learning from you every day," she said.

Cody's movie became a hit and turned its leading actress, Ellen Page, into a bona fide star.

Critics and audiences have had varying interpretations of the picture, in which a high school girl wrestles with an unexpected pregnancy.

"There's so many interpretations. That's so beautiful because that's when something you create takes on a life of its own and becomes a different film to every person who sees it," she said. "Then a huge quantity of people see it and you think about all those different films that exist now — the most powerful thing and it's the most wonderful thing about being a screenwriter."

Cody said "Juno" likely won't have a sequel.

"I keep Juno," she said. "I want to freeze Juno as she is because I'm so protective of her."

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