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26/02/07
The Queen Invites Dame Helen Mirren to Tea
- Oscar winner gets Palace call for role in The Queen

Best Actress winner Helen Mirren during the 79th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 25, 2007. Copyright  A.M.P.A.SIN HER Oscar acceptance speech, The Queen star Dame Helen Mirren toasted the Queen last night and is now set for a favour in return as Her Majesty is to invite the veteran actress to tea at Buckingham Palace.

Mirren seemed surprised at the idea - "I'm not expecting a call from Her Majesty," she said - but sources close to the Palace suggest otherwise. Perhaps Mirren's coyness has been influenced by news that recent invites to Buckingham Palace have included Jacqueline Gold, the boss of the Anne Summers chain of sex toy shops.

Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Helen Mirren, and Alan Arkin at the 79th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 25, 2007. Copyright  A.M.P.A.S.Firm favourite for the Best Actress award for the film The Queen, Mirren's was the only award for a movie nominated in several categories.

Further British film success came in the form of American actor Forrest Whitaker, who claimed the Best Actor prize for The Last King of Scotland, but the night's big winner was The Departed, which gained Martin Scorcese his first Best Director gong, as well as the Best Film award.

Academy Award winner for Best Director Martin Scorcese (right center), Francis Ford Coppola (left), George Lucas (right center) and Steven Spielberg at the 79th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 25, 2007. Copyright  A.M.P.A.S.Oscar Winners in Full:

Best Film
The Departed

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, The Departed

Best Actor
Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

Best Actress
Helen Mirren, The Queen

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine

Best Foreign Language Film
Das Leben der Anderen (aka The Lives of Others), Germany

Best Animated Feature Film
Happy Feet

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Departed

Best Original Screenplay
Little Miss Sunshine

Best Original Score
Babel

Best Original Song
I Need to Wake Up - An Inconvenient Truth (Melissa Etheridge)

Best Documentary Feature
An Inconvenient Truth

Best Documentary Short Subject
The Blood of Yingzhou District

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

Best Cinematography
Pan's Labyrinth

Best Art Direction
Pan's Labyrinth

Best Animated Short Film
The Danish Poet

Best Action Short Film
West Bank Story

Best Costume Design
Marie Antoinette

Best Make-Up
Pan's Labyrinth

Best Sound Mixing
Dreamgirls

Sound Editing
Letters from Iwo Jima

Best Film Editing
The Departed

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Sherry Lansing

Honorary Award
Ennio Morricone



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