Date: 25th February 2008

Day-Lewis wins best actor Oscar

Daniel Day-Lewis has been named best actor at the Academy Awards for his powerful performance in oil prospecting 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.

Tilda Swinton was the UK's other big winner, taking best supporting actress for her role in Michael Clayton.

Source: Press Release