• Age: 49; born Sept. 2, 1954, outside New Orleans in Jefferson Parish, La.

• Career: Stand-up comedian; beginning in 1994, starred in Ellen on ABC; made TV history in a 1997 episode when her character announced "I'm gay" (she came out at the same time in real life); voiced the character Dory in Finding Nemo.

• Currently: Host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003; winner of 15 Daytime Emmy Awards

• I did mention Gay didn't I?

Annnnnnnnnnd the Oscar goes to.... (Woodie's picks)

BEST PICTURE

• Babel

• The Departed

• Letters from Iwo Jima

• The Queen

BEST ACTRESS

• Penelope Cruz, Volver

• Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal

• Helen Mirren, The Queen

• Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada

• Kate Winslet, Little Children

DIRECTOR

• Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Babel

• Martin Scorsese, The Departed

• Clint Eastwood, Letters From Iwo Jima

• Stephen Frears, The Queen

• Paul Greengrass, United 93

SUPPORTING ACTOR

• Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine

• Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children

• Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond

• Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

• Adriana Barraza, Babel

• Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal

• Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine

• Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

• Rinko Kikuchi, Babel

BEST ACTOR

• Leonardo DiCaprio

• Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson

• Peter O'Toole, Venus

• Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness

• Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland