It was Hollywood's biggest night as the 79th Annual Academy Awards hit Los Angeles (overall, it was quite boring and lasted almost 4 hours but I digress).
And just as years past there were surprises for both the winners and the losers. It may have been expected but it was also well deserved. Director Martin Scorsese won his first Oscar for "The Departed". It only took 26 years and 6 directing nominations for him to seal the deal.
It was "The Departed" that took home Best Picture.
Meanwhile, 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. Forest Whitaker took home the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland."
The supporting role honors went to former “American Idol” contestant Jennifer Hudson for "Dreamgirls" and Alan Arkin of "Little Miss Sunshine."
Some may think Scorsese waited a long time but the last time Alan Arkin was nominated was back in 1969 for the movie "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter". He lost the best actor award that year to Cliff Robertson for the movie "Charly".
By the way, Oscar host Ellen Degeneres was hilarious and did an amazing job. Not everyone has the guts to host a live show in front of almost 1 billion people.