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How Whitaker's dreams 'came true'
Forest Whitaker
Whitaker thanked the people of Uganda in his acceptance speech

Forest Whitaker has won the best actor Oscar at the 79th Academy Awards for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

Here is a transcript of the 45-year-old's acceptance speech:

I need a second to take it in.

I wrote something down because I thought if something happened, I would be overwhelmed - and I am.

When I was a kid, the only way I saw movies was from the back seat of my family's car at the drive-in.

It wasn't my reality to think I would be acting in movies - so receiving this honour tonight tells me it is possible.

It is possible for a kid from east Texas, raised in south central LA and Carson, who believes in his dreams, commits himself to them with his heart, to touch them and to have them happen.

Because when I first started acting, it was because of my desire to connect to everyone, to that thing inside of each of us, that light that I believe exists in all of us.

Acting, for me, is believing in that connection, and it's a connection so strong, and it's a connection so deep, that we feel it, and through our combined belief we can create a new reality.

I want to thank my fellow believers in the Last King of Scotland. I want to thank Peter, Jeremy, Andrea, Lisa, Charles, Kevin, James McAvoy, Carrie, Steven, Fox, DNA, Channel 4.

I want to thank the people of Uganda who helped this film have a spirit.

And finally, I want to thank my mum and my dad. I want to thank my wife Keisha, my children, my ancestors who continue to guide my steps, and God.

God, who believes in us all - and who has given me this moment in this lifetime that I will hopefully carry to the end of my lifetime and into the next lifetime.

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