Daniel Day-Lewis Takes Home BAFTA Award
02/10/2008 AT 09:40 PM EST
"I don't know what my lads are going to think of this," the father of three said holding up his BAFTA award, Britain's answer to the Oscar, "but when they see me in a photograph with Daniel Radcliffe they are going to take me really seriously."
The admiration between the two Daniels appeared mutual. The Harry Potter star told PEOPLE that of all the celebrities milling about the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden – including Kate Hudson, Jessica Biel, Emily Blunt, Sylvester Stallone, and more – Day-Lewis was the star he was most eager to meet. "I do think that he's sort of incredible," Radcliffe said.
His There Will Be Blood costar also was not surprised that Day-Lewis won. Paul Dano told PEOPLE, "You couldn't really ask for a better partner. He has a certain level of commitment, integrity. It is inspiring. I wish I knew how he does it."
An emotional Marion Cotillard, the 32-year-old French star of the Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose, won best actress in a category that included Keira Knightley and SAG Award winner Julie Christie. (The film led the night with four wins.)
Best film honors went to Atonement, the World War II epic that started the night with 14 nominations but came away with just two awards.
Javier Bardem won best supporting actor for No Country For Old Men, which also earned best director for Joel and Ethan Coen.
Tilda Swinton won best supporting actress for her role opposite George Clooney in Michael Clayton. When asked about the impact that Clooney has on the ladies, Swinton, who is also nominated for an Oscar on Feb. 24, joked to reporters backstage: "It's all PR. I can tell you in confidence, it's lost on me. But one must go on."