The Hurt Locker takes top honours at history making Oscars


The explosive war drama The Hurt Locker has won Best Picture at the 82nd Academy Awards, trumping James Cameron‘s sci-fi epic Avatar and eight other films that, frankly, never even had a chance.

The film now holds the dubious distinction of being the lowest grossing film to ever win Best Picture, having taken less than $US20 million at the worldwide box office.
It was not the only record to be broken at this year’s ceremony. Kathryn Bigelow was named Best Director for her work on The Hurt Locker, making her the first female to ever win the award. The picture also took home Oscars for Film Editing, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing. Mark Boal (otherwise known as Bigelow’s beau) took home an Oscar for Original Screenplay, no doubt rubbing salt into the wound of her ex-husband Cameron.
Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher became the first African-American to ever win a screenwriting Oscar after taking home Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published.
There were no surprises in the acting categories, with Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock taking home Best Actor and Actress for their work in Crazy Heart and The Blind Side respectively. Bullock became the first actor to ever win an Oscar and a Razzie in the same weekend, having been named Worst Actress at the Golden Raspberry Awards for All About Steve.
Christoph Waltz brought Inglourious Basterds its only Academy Award by winning Best Supporting Actor. Similarly unbackable favourite Mo’Nique was named Best Supporting Actress for Precious.
James Cameron’s Avatar did not go home empty handed. The $US2.5 billion grossing flick claimed Oscars for Cinematography, Visual Effects and Art Direction.
Pixar’s Up took home two Academy Awards, one for Animated Feature and another for Michael Giacchino’s Original Score.
The Cove was named Best Documentary, while The Secret in their Eyes delivered the biggest surprise of the evening by beating The White Ribbon and A Prophet to win the Foreign Language category.
Discuss: Happy to see The Hurt Locker take home the major prizes? Who would you have handed Oscars to, if given the choice?

One Response to “The Hurt Locker takes top honours at history making Oscars”

  1. "The Hurt Locker" was only given the mandatory one week showing in Los Angeles to qualify for Oscar nomination, and copies of the print distributed to members of the Academy on DVD (a small extra cost, and good politics). The film was not considered good enough for theatrical release, and was going to go straight to DVD. It was only because it received so many nominations that it was prepared for general release. Considering that it was finished in 2009, a March 2010 release in Australia says a lot.

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