Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "The Departed" wins the Oscar for Best
Picture. The gritty mob drama also has earned Martin Scorsese his first
Oscar for Best Director. It took 26 years and six directing
nominations for Scorsese to win the coveted statuette.

The winners of the acting honors ranged from a king to a queen. Helen Mirren won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Queen
Elizabeth the Second in the days following the death of Princess
Diana. Mirren saluted the real-life queen in accepting her Oscar.

Forest Whitaker takes the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of
Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland."

The supporting role honors went to Jennifer Hudson for
"Dreamgirls" and Alan Arkin of "Little Miss Sunshine."

Former Vice President Al Gore spent about as much time on stage
as any of the stars. He got a big laugh when he supposedly was to
make a big announcement, presumably about running for president
again, when he was drowned out by the orchestra. Gore was on stage
again, when "An Inconvenient Truth" about his warnings concerning
global warming, was picked as best documentary.