Dame Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker were crowned queen and king of the Oscars last night. The stars of The Queen and The Last King of Scotland won Best Actress and Best Actor respectively, while Martin Scorsese won Best Director for The Departed - his first win out of six nominations in the category and 31 years since his first nomination. Full List of Winners Below!

As she accepted her award, Helen, struggling to hold the statuette, said: "I've got my purse in one hand, my earring in the other. Thank you, Academy. You know, my sister told me that all kids love to get gold stars, and this is the biggest and the best gold star that I have ever had in my life."

An emotional Forest said: "Thank you. I wrote something down, because I thought if it would happen that I would be a little overwhelmed and I am.

"When I was a kid, the only way that I saw movies was from the backseat of my family's car - at the drive-in. It wasn't my reality to think I would be acting in movies, so receiving this honor tonight tells me that it's possible. It is possible for a kid from east Texas, who believes in his dreams, commits himself to them with his heart, to touch them, and to have them happen."

In his acceptance speech, Scorsese joked: "Could you double-check the envelope, please?"

Earlier in the night, Alan Arkin - who won Best Supporting Actor - said on the red carpet that he hoped his co-star, ten-year-old Abigail Breslin, nominated for Best Supporting Actress, lost.

He said: "I hope she loses frankly. No, I'm serious. I am not joking. I hope she loses. What, next year she is going to get the Nobel Prize, it's enough. She has had enough attention. I love her and I love her family and feel enough is enough. She is a kid, she needs to have a childhood. I hope she loses."

79th Annual Academy Awards list of winners:

Best Picture
The Departed

Best Actor
Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

Best Actress
Dame Helen Mirren, The Queen

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, The Departed

Best Original Screenplay
Little Miss Sunshine

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Departed

Foreign Language Film
The Lives of Others

Animated Feature
Happy Feet

Music (Score)

Music (Song)
I Need to Wake Up - Melissa Etheridge (from An Inconvenient Truth)

Best Art Direction
Eugenio Caballero & Pilar Revuelta, Pan's Labyrinth

Best Makeup
David Marti And Montse Ribe, Pan's Labyrinth

Best Animated Short Film
The Danish Poet

Best Live Action Film Short
West Bank Story

Best Sound Editing
lan Robert Murray & Bub Asman, Flags Of Our Fathers

Best Sound Mixing
Willie Burton, Bob Beemer & Michael Minkler, Dreamgirls

Best Costume Design
Milena Canonero, Marie Antoinette

Best Cinematography
Guillermo Navarro, Pan's Labyrinth

Best Visual Effects
John Knoll, Allen Hall, Charles Gibson & Hal Hickel, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Best Documentary Short
The Blood Of Yingzhou District

Best Documentary Feature
An Inconvenient Truth

Best Film Editing
Thelma Schoonmaker, The Departed