MARTIN SCORSESE, GEORGE LUCAS & STEVEN SPIELBERG
The Best Director picked up his first Oscar from old friends—then stayed out partying past 4 a.m., clutching the statuette the whole time.
RACHEL WEISZ & ALAN ARKIN
“I think it’s my age,” said Arkin, 72, of winning. “Everybody thinks I’m going to keel over in a year or two.” And speaking of age, he told reporters preshow he hoped 10-year-old Little Miss Sunshine costar Abigail Breslin wouldn’t pick up an Oscar. “She is a kid; she needs to have a childhood,” he said.
“I can’t believe this,” said this year’s Best Supporting Actress after winning for Dreamgirls.
FOREST WHITAKER & REESE WITHERSPOON
The Best Actor, who previously picked up trophies at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and BAFTAs, described his Oscar run as “a continued adrenaline rush.”
Presenter Foster (with Kate Winslet) saw her wish come true. “I am rooting for Martin Scorsese”—that night’s Best Director winner, who steered her to an Oscar nod for 1976’s Taxi Driver.
The talk show queen said hosting “was harder than I thought and I was scared to death.”