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'The Hurt Locker' wins six Oscars, including history maker for director Kathryn Bigelow

March 7, 2010 |  9:38 pm

Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker Oscars 82nd Annual Academy Awards The 82nd Academy Awards followed the script set down by pundits, as the front-runners for all of the major Oscars won Sunday night. "The Hurt Locker" led with six Oscars, including best picture and best director for Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first woman to win this award. The Iraq war drama also picked up prizes for original screenplay (Mark Boal), editing, sound mixing and sound editing.

"Avatar" went into the night tied with "The Hurt Locker" with a leading nine nominations but had to settle for three Oscars for art direction, cinematography and visual effects (and a $2.4-billion and counting box-office take). See a complete list of all Oscar winners here.

Lead actor went to Jeff Bridges, a four-time also-ran at the Oscars, who finally won for his performance as a down-and-out country singer in "Crazy Heart." The theme song for that film, "The Weary Kind," won best original song for Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.

First-time nominee Sandra Bullock won lead actress for best picture nominee "The Blind Side," edging out, among others, Meryl Streep, who was contending for a record 13th time in this category. The lead acting nominees were introduced by performers with whom they have a connection before last year's winners, Sean Penn ("Milk") and Kate Winslet ("The Reader"), bestowed the Oscars. Last year, each of the four acting categories was handled by five past winners who each spoke about one of the nominees.

It was no surprise that the Academy Awards for supporting actor and actress went to Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds") and Mo'Nique ("Precious"). The pair had picked up all of the precursor awards going into the Oscars. Waltz's win represented the only Oscar for that best picture nominee, which had eight nominations in total while "Precious" -- which had six nominations, including a best picture bid -- also won adapted screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher

The animated feature race was won by best picture nominee "Up," which edged out Gotham and L.A. critics choice "Fantastic Mr. Fox" among others. "Up" became the fifth Pixar picture -- after "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille" and "Wall-E" -- to win this category since it was introduced in 2001. "Up" also won best score.

Of the 10 best picture nominees, four were completely shut out -- "District 9" (with four noms), "An Education" (three noms), "A Serious Man" (two nominations) and "Up in the Air" (six). 

"El Secreto de Sus Ojos" became the second feature from Argentina to win best foreign-language film, and "The Cove" won the documentary feature Oscar. For her costume design for "The Young Victoria," Sandy Powell took home her third Oscar, following wins for "Shakespeare in Love" and "The Aviator." "Star Trek" won for makeup.

The three short-film categories can be the deciding factors in Oscar office pools. "Logorama" took the animated short race, bringing to an end the winning streak of Nick Park, who has four Oscars for the misadventures of Wallace and Gromit. The live-action short Oscar was won by Danish filmmaker Joachim Back for "The New Tenants," while "Music by Prudence" prevailed in the documentary short category.

This year's Oscars -- hosted with aplomb by third-time emcee Steve Martin and rookie Alec Baldwin -- were put together by a pair of first-timers, producer Bill Mechanic and director Adam Shankman. Shankman handled double duty as he also choreographed the two musical productions that stopped the show, and not necessarily in a good way. For the second number -- a salute to the score nominees -- he used many of the toe-tappers he had judged in seasons past on TV's "So You Think You Can Dance."


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Photo: Kathryn Bigelow on the red carpet at the 82nd Academy Awards. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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This movie Sucks, because dont have story, I expeccted happend something out of obvius, oh yea this guy have waar adicction, since beginning of the movie they tell us, for be a movie with 6 oscar, really sucks

The press was in a frenzy over the Oscar winner “The Hurt Locker” and some journalists such as The UK Sun’s Nadia Mendoza have even gone so far as to suggest the results were rigged! Ok I think that’s a bit silly, I mean this isn’t Iran it’s the Oscars and yea we all loved Avatar, the effects, the 3D and the cute blue alien goddess …wake up people it made over 2 billion Dollars but The Hurt Locker has a way better story…That’s why it won. Problem is though, that “The Hurt Locker” was made in 2008 so it should have been up against last year’s Movies and Avatar should have won this year.

Just remember it's an INDUSTRY award that happens to be televised... IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU. That award would be the People's Choice Award which generally awards the highest-grossing piece of vanilla mediocrity that is beloved by people who more or less vote with ticket purchases during the film's run. The Oscars awards artistic achievement, past glories and a cumulative career rather than just the film at hand. The industry is congratulating itself, and it just happens to be televised... that's all. You can still like your favorite movie of 2009 regardless folks.

I saw Avatar, Inglorious Basterds, District 9, and Hurt Locker. Of those 4, I would rank Hurt Locker 4. Decent enough film but no where near Avatar or Inglorious. And District 9 was highly underrated.

"Yes, it is politically more favorable, in California, than Avatar, but politics should not have determined the winners. This may kill the Academy..."

What ridiculous, politically tinged hyperbole. Unfortunately, you come off as yet another uninformed movie-goer by failing to realize that "Hurt Locker" snagged awards in Canada, England, Venice and New York. So despite your efforts to diminish "Locker's" win by implying that California politics played a role, it's obvious that not everyone was as enamored with a cartoon as you were.

I was stunned so many awards have gone to Hurt Locker (starting with America guild, BAFTA and now Oscars); which is not worthy enough because in the recent years many deserving movies made on Iraq and Afghan war themes were either dumped or ignored. Why suddenly tons of love was flooding?

At couple of forums I've stated that The Hurt Locker is also an over-rated film. Any sane individual could comprehend on why the Awards were graced on this film - only to brush off The Avatar (slap on its anti US/UK war machine).

As usual, like we've seen in case of Winter Olympics (anti Russian results), there was a kinda conspiracy for sure. They played it badly (fiddling & politics) with the well deserving movies such as Avatar.

Many think "Generation Kill" was 100 times better compared to Hurt Locker because it was based on over 90% *real* incidents (embedded reporter). Hurt Locker wasn't! Point is, did Generation Kill win any major non-film award? NOPE.

Then, why only Hurt Locker :)

opinions will always be divided on this, but I gotta pick up on a word JC included: "entertaining." Not a word that closely describes Hurt Locker. Huge sections of nothing, almost no dialogue apart from the obligatory "what do we do it for" guff towards the end, and not much in the way of story. All this gives creedence to Hurt Locker being the lowest grossing Best Picture winner ever: hardly anyone went to see it! But no, they play the sob story about Avatars budget being so much bigger, independant no backing feminism blah blah blah. The Acadamy bigwigs have been PRAYING for a half-decent Iraq flick ever since the conflict started, and suddnly one crops up and WHOA a WOMAN directed it??? The sort of stuff that academy wet dreams are made of.

One thing to consider: think forward 20 years. Such classics as Schindlers List, Platoon, The Dambusters, Saving Private Ryan, Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket; we will undoubtedly still be remembering these films as fondly as we do now. Does anyone really believe that the Hurt Locker belongs in that list, and will still be remembered as fondly so far into the future? Say what you like about the story, but Avatars contribution to the industry will remain long after Hurt Locker is forgotten.

Its awful to think the academy insists on this political nonsense and makes NO attempt to take into account the feelings of the people that pay their hard earned cash to keep the industry they represent alive.

I was so happy to see that they put Michael Jackson in the "In Memorium" segment. I thought they would forget about his role in "The Wiz" in 1978. Too bad he didn't have more film roles, he was great in that movie. R.I.P.

Avatar did not deserve best picture. It's called best picture not most popular picutre retard. Thats why Hurt Locker won and Avatar was the least deserving out of all the nominees. You should be ashamed of yourself for even thinking that Avatar is a great movie. Entertaining and visually stunning it is. Great movie with great acting it is not.

I completely agree Concerned Movie Viewer. Avatar not winning best picture is a travesty. The Hurt Locker was an average movie at best. In the long line of war movies it would be somewhere towards the bottom of my scale. I'm not surprised though. You pretty much expect this from the academy awards now.

And the award for most incompetent group goes to...the academy. If they were to give many of these awards to The Hurt Locker, it would be understandable, but to give the best picture to something most people haven't heard of, and have little interest in, is incomprehensible. You could poll the public and you would find the top 20 films of the year still would not encompass The Hurt Locker. Yes, it is politically more favorable, in California, than Avatar, but politics should not have determined the winners. This may kill the Academy, like the nobel prize going to Al Gore for a CG documentary, and President Obama for aspirations and plans, not to mention Yasser Arafat for all of about a week of peace plans. This is not to say President Obama would never deserve the prize, it is to say that if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a merry Christmas. It was understandable for Avatar to not be allowed to sweep the awards, but this is an afront to the public at large. Awards may be eclectic, but this is simply wrong.



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