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TONY JONES: Now to an Oscar winning film that points to some of the problems that have hindered
progress in Afghanistan. Australian film producer Eva Orner has won an Academy Award for a
documentary that explores the death of an Afghan taxi drivers at the Bagram Air base just outside
Kabul. The Melbourne filmmaker shared and award with American director Alex Gibney for their
featured doco "Taxi To The Dark Side". Anna Marie Nicholson reports on the movie world's night of

ANNA MARIE NICHOLSON: The documentary tells the story of a young taxi driver arrested in 2002 by
the US military and taken to the Bagram Air base in Afghanistan. Five days later, he was dead.

The pair have top film making form. Gibney made the award winning 'Ernö: The Smartest Guys in the
Room'. Orner proved herself as an independent filmmaker in Melbourne before moving to New York with
credits including the AFI winning 'Untold Desires'.

ALEX GIBNEY, DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR: This is dedicated to two people who are no longer with us.
Delaware, the young Afghan taxi driver and my father, a navy interrogator who urged me to make this
film because of his fury about what was being done to the rule of law. Let's hope we can turn this
country around, move away from the dark side and back to the light.

EVA ORNER, DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER: We're so pleased and so surprised and so impressed and I just want
to shout out to Alex Gibney, the amazing director and producer who had the courage and tenacity to
make this film.

ANNA MARIE NICHOLSON: In the major awards the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, were big winners at
the 80th Academy Awards. Hollywood's establishment gave them Oscars for best film and best adapted
screen play for 'No Country for Old Men'.

Capping off a season of wins at all the major awards the violent thriller also brought home the
Best Supporting Actor honours for Spain's Javier Bardem.

It beat off, 'There Will Be Blood'. But as expected Britain's Daniel Day Lewis won his second Oscar
for best actor for his role in the film as an ruthless oil prospector. The upsets came with the
female awards.

Cate Blanchett was favoured to win Best Supporting Actress for playing Bob Dylan in, 'I'm Not
There'. Instead, Britain's Tilda Swinton collected the Oscar for performing the ethically
challenged lawyer in Michael Clayton. Though nominated for her role in 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age',
Cate Blanchett missed out a second time on the Best Actress award. The winner was French actress
Marion Cotillard for portraying singer Edith Piath in 'La Vie En Rose'.

MARION COTILLARD: Thank you so, so much.

ANNA MARIE NICHOLSON: And not forgotten by the academy, the actor Heath Ledger.

Anne Marie Nicholson, Lateline.