The Hurt Locker wins six Oscar Awards, including Best Picture

by Erwin Santiago
Mar 8, 2010

There was only joy and no pain when The Hurt Locker won the Best Picture at the 82nd Academy Awards, or more popularly known as the Oscars.

Before the announcement of winners, The Hurt Locker had nine nominations, which tied with the blockbuster film Avatar as the most nominated film this year. Aside from Avatar, The Hurt Locker also beat eight other films for the top prize: The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, and Up In The Air.

The Hurt Locker, which follows the story of a United States Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team during the Iraq war, won a total of six awards. Avatar, on the other hand, had three.

The 82nd Oscar Awards was held earlier today, March 8 (March 7, U.S. time), at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The awarding ceremony was hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

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The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow was named Best Director and now has the distinction of being the first female director to ever win an Oscar Award. Bigelow's competition in this category includes her ex-husband James Cameron who helmed Avatar.

There were no major surprises in the acting category. The recipients are all first-time winners.

Jeff Bridges, 60, won the Best Actor trophy for his role as a country- music songwriter in Crazy Heart. Bridges has been nominated in the Oscars five times, but this is his first win.

America's sweetheart Sandra Bullock was named Best Actress for her portrayal of real-life character Leigh Anne Tuohy in the Best Picture nominee The Blind Side. Bullock was able to beat, among others, Meryl Streep who got her 16th Academy Awards nomination for her role as real-life chef Julia Child in Julie & Julia.

Interestingly, a night before the Oscars, Bullock was also "awarded" Worst Actress in the Razzies Awards for her film All About Steve. Bullock became the first actress to win the Best Actress and Worst Actress in the same year.

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As expected, Austrian actor Christoph Waltz and comedienne Mo'Nique won the supporting acting honors. Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Nazi officer in Inglourious Basterds, while Mo'Nique was named Best Supporting Actress for her role as an abusive mother in Precious.

Writing honors went to Mark Boal of The Hurt Locker and Geoffrey Fletcher of Precious for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The complete list of winners:

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)

Best Actor: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique (Precious)

Best Animated Film: Up

Best Foreign Language Film: The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina)

Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious)

Best Documentary Feature: The Cove

Best Documentary Short: Music By Prudence

Best Live Action Short: The New Tenants

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Best Animated Short: Logorama

Best Original Score: Michael Giacchino (Up

Best Original Song: "The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart, Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett

Best Sound Mixing: Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett (The Hurt Locker)

Best Sound Editing: Paul N.J. Ottosson (The Hurt Locker)

Best Art Direction: Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair (Avatar)

Best Cinematography: Mauro Fiore (Avatar)

Best Makeup: Star Trek

Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell (The Young Victoria)

Best Film Editing: Chris Innis and Bob Murawski (The Hurt Locker)

Best Visual Effects: Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones (Avatar)

The Oscar presenters were: Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Steve Carrell, Amanda Seyfried, Miley Cyrus, Tina Fey, Robert Downey Jr., Carey Mulligan, Zoe Zaldana, Ben Stiller (in an Avatar costume), Matthew Broderick, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael C. Hall, Judd Nelson, Jon Cryer, Ally Sheedy, Macaulay Culkin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Queen Latifah, Robin Williams, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Ford, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Zac Effron, Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Banks.

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Also Sandra Bullock, Demi Moore, Jennifer Lopez, Sam Worthington, Gerald Butler, Bradley Copper, Matt Damon, Tyler Perry, directors Pedro Almodovar and Quentin Tarantino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julianne Moore, Vera Farmiga, Collin Farrell, Tim Robbins, Kate Winslet, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Sheen, Stanley Tucci, Forest Whitaker, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Penn, Barbra Streisand and Tom Hanks.

Presenters for the 10 films nominated for Best Picture were: Ryan Reynolds, Chris Pine, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Bridges, Charlize Theron, Colin Firth, John Travolta, Jason Bateman, Keanu Reeves, and Kathy Bates

Some of the highlights of the awards night are the following:

  • The show opened with this year's nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress standing on stage.
  • How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris performed a musical number reminiscent of a '50s Vegas show.
  • Hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin made light fun of the acting nominees.
  • The Oscars paid tribute to writer-director-producer John Hughes.
  • The Oscars also paid tribute to horror movies.
  • James Taylor paid tribute to the members of the industry who passed away last year by singing "In My Life."
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