79th Academy Awards wrap-up

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As the 79th Annual Academy Awards headed into the stretch, the suspense finally ended: Buoyed by a best directing win for Martin Scorsese, "The Departed," a tale of Boston lowlifes, surged to the fore as the best picture winner. Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren, who have been king and queen of this awards season, consolidated their reigns by claiming the trophies for best actor and best actress. Emotions ran high as the victors in the major categories all celebrated first-time Oscar wins. Read the full story

THR film reporters Borys Kit and Nicole Sperling were backstage at the Kodak Theatre for the 79th Academy Award presentations, where they offered some on-the-spot analysis of the winners and the key races.

Video highlights: Backstage at the Oscars

Best director & best picture: Martin Scorsese, "The Departed"
Best actor: Forest Whitaker
Best actress: Helen Mirren
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