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By malcolm Published: February 26, 2007

Complete list of winners at the 79th annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles:

Best Motion Picture: ''The Departed''

Lead Actor: Forest Whitaker, ''The Last King of Scotland''

Lead Actress: Helen Mirren, ''The Queen''

Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, ''Little Miss Sunshine''

Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, ''Dreamgirls''

Directing: Martin Scorsese, ''The Departed''

Foreign Language Film: ''The Lives of Others,'' Germany

Adapted Screenplay: William Monahan, ''The Departed''

Original Screenplay: Michael Arndt, ''Little Miss Sunshine''

Animated Feature Film: ''Happy Feet''

Art Direction: ''Pan's Labyrinth''

Cinematography: ''Pan's Labyrinth''

Sound Mixing: ''Dreamgirls''

Sound Editing: ''Letters From Iwo Jima''

Original Score: ''Babel,'' Gustavo Santaolalla

Original Song: ''I Need to Wake Up'' from ''An Inconvenient Truth,'' Melissa Etheridge

Costume: ''Marie Antoinette''

Documentary Feature: ''An Inconvenient Truth''

Documentary Short Subject: ''The Blood of Yingzhou District''

Film Editing: ''The Departed''

Makeup: ''Pan's Labyrinth''

Animated Short Film: ''The Danish Poet''

Live Action Short Film: ''West Bank Story''

Visual Effects: ''Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest''

I wonder if losing sting a more when you have three horses in a race of five (best original song) and you still come home with bupkis as "Dreamgirls" songwriters Henry Krieger and Scott Cutler did.

The contenders...Listen, Love You I Do, and Patience
Melissa Etheridge's winning song which deftly rhymes "Inconvenient Truth" with "carelessness of youth" but otherwise is pretty standard stuff for her.
And, of course, Mr. Randy Newman (in cruise control) for "Our Town" from "Cars."
You know to this day, whenever I come across Three Amigos (co-written by Newman) I flip to and fro in hope of catching "The Singing Bush" voiced by Newman.
Hilariously stupid...easily, best part of the film.

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