This year's Oscars telecast drew about 36.3 million viewers, up about 13 percent from last year.
Heath Ledger's Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the film, The Dark Knight, was only the second posthumous Oscar ever to be given. Ledger's family was there to accept the award on his behalf.
Doubt was the first film to receive four Acting nominations since Chicago in 2002.
Meryl Streep (Doubt) got an Oscar nomination for a record breaking fifteen times.
Kim Ledger: This award tonight would've humbly validated Heath's quiet determination to be truly accepted by you all here, his peers, within an industry he so loved. Thank you.
Sean Penn: And finally, for those, two last finallies, for those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue that way of support. We've got to have equal rights for everyone.
Phillippe Petit: The shortest speech in Oscar history: "Yes!" But I always the break the rule, I break my own rules very quickly and of course this film would have not been made without my Kathy. And also, Werner, I always carry the coin you gave me. And you were right. We won. So now it's time to thank the Academy for believing in magic.
(Petit starts to balance the oscar upside-down on his chin.)