FOREST WHITAKER has said in several interviews that he has tried throughout his career not to get caught up in awards buzz -- it's too depressing when you lose. But Whitaker has no more reason to be disappointed.
"It is possible for a kid from East Texas raised in South Central L.A. to believe in his dreams," the 45-year-old actor said.
Reading from a prepared speech, Whitaker thanked God for "giving me this moment in this lifetime that I will hopefully carry to the end of my lifetime into the next lifetime."
The versatile actor nabbed the best actor Oscar for what many have called the role of a lifetime -- playing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland." The actor had been a front-runner in the category, having scored a Golden Globe and best actor honors from the Screen Actors Guild and the National Board of Review.