The 82nd Annual Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, went down in Los Angeles on Sunday night (March 7), and the showdown better the night’s faves, “The Hurt Locker” and “Avatar”, was not close at all.
It was a knockout for Kathryn Bigelow’s “Hurt Locker”, which took home honors for Best Picture, among other categories. And … Bigelow became the first woman in Academy Award history to win for Best Directing.
The film is American war thriller, starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty as members of a U.S. Army EOD unit in Iraq.
It was first premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2008, then came to the US in June 2009.
According to Wikipedia: It follows their tour as they contend with defusing bombs, the threat of insurgency, and the tension that develops among them. The title is slang for being injured in an explosion, as in “they sent him to the hurt locker.”
Below is a full list of the evening’s winners:
Best Pictures: The Hurt Locker
Actor in Leading Role: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
Actor in Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Actress in a Supporting Role: Mo’Nique (Precious)
Animated Feature Film: Up
Art Direction: Avatar
Costume Design: The Young Victoria
Directing: The Hurt Locker
Documentary Feature: The Cove
Documentary Short: Music by Prudence
Film Editing: The Hurt Locker
Foreign Language Film: The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) (Argentina)
Makeup: Star Trek
Music (Original Score): Up
Music (Original Song): Crazy Heart (“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)”)
Short Film (Animated): Logorama
Short Film (Live Action): The New Tenants
Sound Editing: The Hurt Locker
Sound Mixing: The Hurt Locker
Visual Effects: Avatar
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Precious
Writing (Original Screenplay): The Hurt Locker