Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Hurt Locker beats Avatar to sweep 2010 Oscars

At the 82nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, the Iraq war movie The Hurt Locker swept the Oscars winning six of the major awards, including the Best Picture and the Best Director Awards for Kathryn Bigelow.

She won beating stiff competition from her ex-husband James Cameron’s sci-fi adventure Avatar. Bigelow is the first female to win the Best Director award. Only four women have ever been nominated for Best Director so far.

The Hurt Locker is a war drama about a United States Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team during the Iraq War, and the emotional toll the war takes on them. The film also won writer Mark Boal the Academy Award for the Best Original Screenplay, and the film claimed honours for film editing, sound editing and mixing.

James Cameron's 3D sci-fi movie Avatar, the all-time top-grossing movie with $2.6 billion worldwide revenues at the box offices, was expected to bag most of the major categories’ awards at the time of nominations. But it could not match the low-budget film The Hurt Locker (budget only $11 million and worldwide box office revenue only $21 million). But for Avatar, Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg won the award for Outstanding Art Direction, Mauro Fiore won Best Cinematography Award, and the film also won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

Jeff Bridges won the Oscar for Best Actor for Crazy Heart. In Crazy Heart, Bridges portrays an alcoholic country singer Bad Blake, whose meeting with a young journalist may help him to turn his life around. Bridges, 60, has swept the awards season this year winning Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Also, Ryan Birgham and T Bone Burnett won the award for the Best Original Song for Crazy Heart.

Sandra Bullock won her first Oscar Award for Best Actress for The Blind Side, beating stiff competition from Meryl Streep, whose role in Julie and Julia has earned her the 16th Oscar nomination. Bullock plays Leigh Anne Tuohy, a suburban mother who takes in a homeless African-American teenager and encourages his talents as a football player.

The veteran stage and television actor Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor award, the first Oscar to be presented on the night for his diabolical turn as the Nazi officer Hans Landa in the Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds. Waltz beat Hollywood veterans like Matt Damon (Invictus), Woody Harrelson (The Messenger), Christopher Plummer (The Last Station), and Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones).

As was expected, the African-American actress Mo'Nique took home the Oscar for the Best Supporting Actress for her harrowing role as an abusive mother in ‘Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire’. Also, Geoffrey Fletcher won the Best Screenwriter award for Precious.

Disney Pixar's Up won in the category of best animated feature film, for which, director Pete Docter accepted the award on behalf of the studio and the animation team. Also, Micheal Giacchino won the Best Original Score Award for Up.

Argentina's The Secret in their eyes won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. The New Tenant won in the category of Live Action short film. The Cove won the award for the Best Documentary Feature film. Star Trek won the Oscar for Best Makeup. Sandy Powell won the award for Best costume for the British film The Young Victoria. Music by Prudence won the Documentary Short Subject Award. For the complete list of the awards, go to the Official Oscars site.

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