7:50 p.m. -- Clint Eastwood enters the Kodak stage to the strains of Ennio Morricone's classic score from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," Morricone, who has been nominated for an Oscar five times but has never won is in the theater to receive an honorary Oscar. Eastwood introduces clips of films scored by the Italian composer, including "Days of Heaven," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Bugsy," "The Mission" and "The Untouchables." Celine Dion sings the premiere of "I Knew I Loved You," which features Morricone's music from "Once Upon a Time in America" with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
7:59 p.m. -- Morricone walks onstage to a standing ovation, takes a long bow and takes the Oscar from Eastwood. He holds up the award to cheers from the audience and, after saying "Thanks very much," offers the rest of his speech in Italian. Eastwood says, "I'll tell you what he's saying," and proceeds to translate Morricone's thanks and acknowledgements. A teary Morricone dedicates his award to his wife, Maria.
8:06 p.m. -- Oscar nominee Penelope Cruz and Hugh Jackman present the Oscar for original score to Gustavo Santaolalla for the gritty global drama "Babel." Santaolalla won last year for "Brokeback Mountain."
8:09 p.m. -- DeGeneres introduces Sid Ganis, president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Ganis speed-talks everything the academy does besides handing out the Oscars in less than 60 seconds.
8:11 p.m-- "Spider-Man" stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst present clips from the original screenplay nominees with excerpts from the scripts. The Oscar goes to Michael Arndt for his first script, the quirky farce "Little Miss Sunshine." It's that film's second award of the night.
8:20 p.m. -- Jennifer Lopez is introduced as an excellent reason for high-definition television and introduces the three Oscar-nominated tunes from "Dreamgirls," staged by the film's director, Bill Condon. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and the film's star, Beyonce, perform "Love You I Do," then sing the ballad "Listen." The film's Anika Noni Rose and Keith Robinson join Beyonce and Hudson to perform the final best song nominee, "Patience."
8:27 p.m.-- John Travolta and Queen Latifah present the Oscar for best song to Melissa Etheridge for "I Need to Wake Up" from the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth." This is the first time a song from a documentary has won an Oscar and is likely the first time a female winner has thanked her wife. The win was something of an upset because of "Dreamgirls' " domination of the nominees in this category (it had three).
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8:34 p.m. -- Clips from "Little Miss Sunshine" screen, with narration by Steve Carell.
8:35 p.m. -- Will Smith introduces a look at America through its movies, created by director Michael Mann.
8:40 p.m. -- Oscar nominee Kate Winslett presents the film editing Oscar to Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese's longtime collaborator, for "The Departed." "I wouldn't be standing here if it wasn't for him," says Schoonmaker, who previously won for Scorsese's "Raging Bull" and "The Aviator." She says working with Scorsese is like being in the "best film school in the world."
8:44 p.m. -- Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster introduces clips of those who died during the past year. Two weeks ago, she says, "I lost my best friend, Oscar winner Randy Stone," who produced her film "Little Man Tate." Clips include Glenn Ford, Red Buttons, Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, June Allyson, Gordon Parks, Maureen Stapleton, Jack Wild, Carlo Ponti, Peter Boyle, Sidney Sheldon, Jack Palance, Jack Warden and Robert Altman.
8:49 p.m. -- The tally so far: "Pan's Labyrinth" has three awards. "The Departed," "Little Miss Sunshine," "Dreamgirls" and "An Inconvenient Truth" have two. "Babel" and "Letters From Iwo Jima" have one.
8:51 p.m. -- DeGeneres, now wearing a a dark blue pantsuit, jokes "That's our show." She introduces last year's best actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, who presents best actress to Helen Mirren for her stubborn but honorable Elizabeth II in "The Queen." In an evening of surprises, her win is considered the sure bet. "This is the biggest and best gold star that I've had in my whole life," Mirren says, thanking Elizabeth: "I salute her courage and consistency." She adds that if weren't for Elizabeth Windsor she would not be standing at the podium, then holds up the Oscar proudly and says, beaming, "I give you the queen."
9 p.m. -- DeGeneres vacuums in front of the first row of the Kodak, then introduces last year's best actress, Reese Witherspoon. She presents best actor to Forest Whitaker, who played brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland." Like Mirren, Whitaker had won most of the early awards, including the Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild Award. He is the second African American to win tonight and the fourth African American in the history of the academy to win best actor.
9:07 p.m. -- Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas act more like the Marx Brothers than presenters for the best director Oscar. Spielberg announces the winner is six-time nominee Martin Scorsese for his visceral violent mob thriller "The Departed." It's the first Oscar for Scorsese, who gets a standing ovation from the audience, which then cheers him. "Could you double-check the envelope?" he jokes. The director says how meaningful it is to receive the Oscar from Coppola, Spielberg and Lucas. "We go back 37 years. I'm so moved." He says so many people -- from friends to X-ray technicians -- have "wished this for me" over the years.
9:11 p.m. --Clips from the final Oscar-nomated film, "The Queen," screen, with narration by Helen Mirren.
9:14 p.m. -- Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton present best picture to "The Departed," which wins four awards, the most of the night. Producer Graham King says, "To be standing here where Martin Scorsese just won his Oscar is just such a joy, such a joy."
9:17 p.m. -- DeGeneres says she was happy to be host and bids "good night." The show runs 3 hours, 51 minutes, 48 seconds.