Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker took the top acting prizes at Sunday night's 79th annual Academy Awards, with Mirren
thanking the Academy for "biggest and the best gold star that I have ever had in my life" and a visibly moved Whitaker, who
played Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, thanking
everyone from his ancestors to the people of Uganda.
But perhaps the happiest person in the room was The Departed director Martin Scorsese. The mob drama won four awards,
including Best Picture and Best Director for Scorsese, who had been nominated – and lost – five times before.
The winners at the 79th annual Academy Awards, presented at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles:
Best Motion Picture: "The Departed"
Lead Actor: Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"
Lead Actress: Helen Mirren, "The Queen"
Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine"
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"
Directing: Martin Scorsese, "The Departed"
Foreign Language Film: "The Lives of Others," Germany
Adapted Screenplay: William Monahan, "The Departed"
Original Screenplay: Michael Arndt, "Little Miss Sunshine"
Animated Feature Film: "Happy Feet"
Art Direction: "Pan's Labyrinth"
Cinematography: "Pan's Labyrinth"
Sound Mixing: "Dreamgirls"
Sound Editing: "Letters From Iwo Jima"
Original Score: "Babel," Gustavo Santaolalla
Original Song: "I Need to Wake Up" from "An Inconvenient Truth," Melissa Etheridge
Costume: "Marie Antoinette"
Documentary Feature: "An Inconvenient Truth"
Documentary Short Subject: "The Blood of Yingzhou District"
Film Editing: "The Departed"
Makeup: "Pan's Labyrinth"
Animated Short Film: "The Danish Poet"
Live Action Short Film: "West Bank Story"
Visual Effects: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
Jean Hersholt Award (Oscar statuette): Sherry Lansing.
Honorary Academy Award (Oscar statuette): Ennio Morricone
Domestic box-office totals for the
most-honored films at the 79th annual Academy Awards:
* "The Departed," Warner Bros., four Oscars, including best picture, released in October, $131.4 million.
* "Pan's Labyrinth," Picturehouse, three Oscars, including best art direction, released in December, $30.4 million.
* "Dreamgirls," Paramount Pictures, two Oscars, including best supporting actress, released in December, $100.01 million.
* "Little Miss Sunshine," Fox Searchlight, two Oscars, including best supporting actor, released in July, $59.7 million.
* "An Inconvenient Truth," Paramount Vantage, two Oscars, including best documentary feature, released in May,
$20.1 million as of July 31.
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