Night of firsts as Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock are honoured at 2010 Oscars
The new queen of the silver screen - Sandra Bullock was honoured in front of her peers with her first Academy Award for her role in The Blind Side
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It was the pinnacle moment in her long-standing and successful career to date.
After a triumphant year on the awards circuit, Sandra Bullock was honoured in front of her peers with her very first Oscar for her role in The Blind Side.
Having beaten off stiff competition in the best actress category from Carey Mulligan, Helen Mirren, Gabourey Sidibe and Meryl Streep, the humble 45-year-old made an emotional speech in which she paid tribute to her fellow nominees, before quipping that she had been honoured simply because she has "worn everybody down."
The beautiful brunette – who shimmered on the red carpet in a gold Marchesa gown – was favourite to win the gold statuette for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in the American football drama, in which she helps a homeless boy become a professional player.
It was also a triumphant night for another Hollywood heavyweight.
Jeff Bridges was honoured with his first Academy award for his portrayal of down-and-out country singer Bad Blake in Crazy Heart.
Receiving a standing ovation from the star-studded audience, the popular actor thanked his proud wife Susan Geston and his parents Lloyd and Dorothy before honouring his co-stars, including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Colin Farrell, for their "heart and soul".
Making history on the night was Kathryn Bigelow who looked stunned as she became the first woman to be named best director for her war thriller, The Hurt Locker.
Announced as winner by Bette Midler, she described her success as "the moment of a lifetime".
But there was more to come for the talented Californian who was up on stage moments later to accept the best picture award – the last of six Oscars for the film.
Kathyrn and her hit drama were up against his ex-husband's James Cameron's acclaimed sci-fi, Avatar, which won the cimematography and visual effects awards.
Mo'Nique was presented with her supporting actress gong by Robin Williams for her part as an abusive parent in Precious.
Another first-time winner, she received a standing ovation as she made her way up on stage, thanking the Academy for making it "about the performance and not the politics."
And Austrian actor Christoph Waltz secured his place in Oscar history, picking up his first trophy for his role as ruthless Nazi Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds, beating Woody Harrelson, Christopher Plummer and Stanley Tucci.