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Joel and Ethan Coen's thriller No Country for Old Men claimed best picture and three other trophies Feb. 24 at the 80th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood. The four acting awards went to foreign-born actors. Britain's Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood) and France's Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) took home best lead actor and actress, respectively. The supporting-actor awards went to Britain's Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) and Spain's Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men). In perhaps the evening's most pleasant surprise, actor-musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová won best song for their duet "Falling Slowly," featured in the low-budget indie film Once. (The Hollywood Reporter)

The pregnancy comedy Juno was chosen as the year's best film and won two other honors Feb. 23 at Film Independent's Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., including best actress for Ellen Page. Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody took home the award for best first screenplay and garnered an Oscar for best original script at the Academy Awards Feb. 24. Philip Seymour Hoffman won best actor for the sibling drama The Savages, Chiwetel Ejiofor won best supporting actor for Talk to Me, and Cate Blanchett won the supporting actress prize for I'm Not There. (The Associated Press)

ABC appealed a $1.2 million government fine for airing a woman's bare butt during a 2003 episode of NYPD Blue Feb. 21, arguing that the FCC action violates the nation's indecency laws and free-speech rights. While the broadcaster paid the fine, it told the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that the commission's decision is "arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law; contrary to the Communications Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the commission's own rules, standards and precedents; and unconstitutional." The FCC fined the network and the 45 stations that aired the show. It levied the maximum fine it could at the time against ABC. (The Hollywood Reporter)

The Parents Television Council called Feb. 22 for advertisers to boycott the serial-killer show Dexter, now on CBS, because of its violent nature and asked CBS network affiliates to pre-empt the show. CBS had edited the Showtime program for free broadcast to take out the most violent parts. However, PTC president Tim Winter said, "Depictions of violence were barely altered from the Showtime network original format." Dexter's Feb. 17 airing on CBS averaged 8.14 million viewers—the most viewers the show has ever attracted for a single episode. (The Hollywood Reporter and Multichannel News)

Stacy Alexander has been upped to senior vice president of talent and casting at VH1. As announced Feb. 22, Alexander will oversee a talent department responsible for connecting talent with particular programming ideas, whether the talent's own ideas or projects generated by VH1's production and development executives. In addition, VH1 announced three other promotions in its talent department: Leah Horwitz has been upped to vice president of music talent and creative development, and Trevor Rose and Denise Bishop have been named directors of talent and creative development. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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