All eyes fell on Hollywood on Sunday night as the 82nd annual Oscars got under way.

With predictions and assumptions flying around for weeks, the winners were finally revealed, with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosting the show.

Stunning actress Sandra Bullock, dressed in an eye-catching metallic-like gown scooped her first ever Oscar.

The star who had recently been given the award for worst actress of the year at the Razzies for her role in ‘All about Steve’, took to the stage to accept the award for Best Actress for her performance in ‘The Blind Side’.

Having been nominated for roles in the past, Bullock was delighted to finally have the award in her hand after a long time in the business, joking “Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?”

She spoke about the talents of the other nominees in her category, thanked all those that had been kind to her and all those who had been horrible to her, in which she referred to George Clooney once throwing her into a pool.

She did however go over the forty five seconds that had been assigned to each winner for their acceptance speech, but after waiting for years to get the award I think we can forgive her for that.

It was a night of further firsts as the Oscar for Best Director went to a woman.

Kathryn Bigelow won the award for her film ‘The Hurt Locker’.

The low budget film based around a US bomb disposal squad in the Iraq war created Oscar history on Sunday night as it is the first time a woman has ever won an award for best Director.

Other winners included Jeff Bridges for Best Actor for his role in ‘Crazy Heart’, and Christopher Waltz and Mo-Nique who took the awards for best supporting actor and actress for their for role in ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and ‘Precious’.

Unfortunately, it was a less successful evening for our Brits, Colin Firth, Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Dame Helen Mirren who went away empty handed.

Although the underdogs this year, great things are expected from our young British talents in the future.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was Avatar. The largest grossing film ever, bringing in millions at the box office only managed to gain three gongs.  James Cameron’s flick scooped the Oscars for Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Affects, but lost out to ‘The Hurt Locker’ for Best Film.

While a night of surprises, it was also a night of true elegance, with stars such as Charlize Theron dazzling in lilac Christian Dior and Elizabeth Banks in Versace.

It’s fair to say Tinsel town certainly knows how to throw a party!