As expected Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker took top honors when they were named best actress and actor for their roles in "The Queen" and "The Last King of Scotland" - respectively.
Alan Arkin who played the crusty, heroin-addict grandfather in "Little Miss Sunshine" got best supporting actor and edged out Eddie Murphy who had been widely expected to snag the Oscar for his work in "Dreamgirls."
But the Cinderella story of the night goes to Jennifer Hudson. The former "American Idol" loser came out a winner at the Oscars for her role as Miss Effie White in "Dreamgirls." The Chicago native took home a best supporting actress Oscar.
And after decades in the business and eight Academy Award nominations, Martin Scorsese gets an Oscar for best director for his gritty crime drama "The Departed." Former Vice President Al Gore's movie about global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth," won a best documentary Oscar for producer Davis Guggenheim.
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