The Hurt Locker led the way at the 82nd Academy Awards, taking home six awards, including best picture and a historic best director honor for Kathryn Bigelow.
Bigelow — who defeated ex-husband James Cameron (Avatar) for the award — is the first woman to win best director in the Academy's 82-year history. Minutes after accepting her director trophy, Bigelow took the stage again to accept best picture for her Iraq War thriller. The Hurt Locker also won for original screenplay, sound mixing, sound editing and film editing.
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Only four women have been nominated for the director award — Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties
), Jane Campion (The Piano
) and Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation
) — but Bigelow's the first who's had momentum entering the Oscars, winning directing honors from the Directors Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
There were few surprises during the ceremony, as front-runners Christoph Waltz
), Jeff Bridges
) and Sandra Bullock
(The Blind Side
) all won acting awards.
"Oscar and Penelope. That's an uber-bingo," Waltz said after accepting his supporting actor award from last year's supporting actress winner, Penelope Cruz
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Mo'Nique, who also won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award, became the fourth African-American actress to win in the supporting category. She paid tribute to the first, Hattie McDaniel (Gone with the Wind).
"I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all that she had to so that I would not have to," Mo'Nique said.
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Bridges and Bullock each received standing ovations as they picked up their lead acting trophies. Bridges won his first Oscar after five nominations for playing fading country singer Bad Blake, while Bullock won her first Oscar, for The Blind Side, a day after showing up in person to receive two Razzie Awards. She is the first person to win Razzies and an Oscar in the same calendar year.
Coming in second place for the evening with three trophies was Avatar, which won art direction, cinematography and visual effects.
The sci-fi blockbuster and The Hurt Locker led the nominations with nine each.
Other winners include Precious for adapted screenplay, Up for animated feature, The Cove for documentary and "The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart for original song.
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See the full list of winners below:DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow
The Hurt Locker
, The Hurt LockerLEAD ACTOR: Jeff Bridges
, Crazy HeartLEAD ACTRESS: Sandra Bullock
, The Blind SideSUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz
, Inglourious BasterdsSUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo'Nique
, PreciousADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Geoffrey Fletcher, PreciousORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker ANIMATED FEATURE: UpART DIRECTION: AvatarCINEMATOGRAPHY: AvatarCOSTUME DESIGN: The Young Victoria
Music by Prudence
The Hurt Locker
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: SOUND MIXING: The Hurt LockerVISUAL EFFECTS: Avatar
El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Argentina)
"The Weary Kind," Crazy Heart
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED):
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION):
The New Tenants
The Hurt Locker