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Jeff Bridges wins best actor Oscar in “Crazy Heart” … REUTERS

(Reuters) – Jeff Bridges won a best actor Oscar on Sunday, his first ever Academy Award, for his role in “Crazy Heart” as a drunken country singer who finds redemption.

Bridges, the brother of Beau Bridges and the son of screen star Lloyd Bridges, was previously nominated for an Oscar four times but had never walked away with the award.

“Thank you Mom and Dad for turning me on to such a groovy profession,” Bridges said after whooping in joy, pumping his golden statuette in the air.

Bridges told the Kodak Theater audience how his father had taught him the basics of acting, while his mother egged him on to entertain guests at parties.

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