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Oscar night

There were a wide range of winners on the 79th Academy Awards night in Hollywood Sunday.

Martin Scorsese, who had been nominated for best director five previous times, won his first Oscar for “The Departed.? “The Departed? also took home the Oscar for best picture, marking the first film of Scorsese’s to take home that honor as well.

Helen Mirren won best actress for her role in “The Queen,? playing British monarch Elizabeth II. Forest Whitaker took home the Oscar for best actor for his role in “The Last King of Scotland.?

Jennifer Hudson, a former “American Idol? finalist, won the Oscar for best-supporting actress. Hudson played a soul singer in the popular film “Dreamgirls.? Alan Arkin won best-supporting actor for his work in “Little Miss Sunshine.?

“The Departed? took home the most Oscars with four overall. The other two victories came in film editing and adapted screenplay.

“An Inconvenient Truth,? won the best documentary Oscar. The documentary is a chronicle of former Vice President Al Gore’s campaign to educate the world about global warming. Gore and the global warming issue were highlighted numerous times throughout the night, with Gore speaking on the issue.

“Happy Feet? took home the best feature-length animation film, edging out “Cars.?

Diversity was a key ingredient this year at the Oscars. “The 79th annual Oscars feature their most ethnically varied line-up ever, with stars and stories that reflect the growing multiculturalism taking root around the globe,? MSNBC.com reported.

Host Ellen DeGeneres jokingly said, “Spain is in the house. Japan is representing. I think I see a few Americans as well; of course I’m talking about the seat fillers. No one can fill a seat like an American.?

For more complete Oscar coverage, visit CNN.com or MSNBC.com, as well as any news affiliate.