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The Hurt Locker wins the Best Picture Oscar

The Hurt Locker wins the Best Picture Oscar

Kathryn Bigelow makes Hollywood history with her brilliant, low-budget Iraq war drama

Kathryn Bigelow made Hollywood history last night at the 82nd Academy Awards by becoming the first woman to be named Best Director for The Hurt Locker, which also won for Best Picture. Her brilliant, low-budget Iraq war drama was the big winner at the ceremony, bagging six statuettes as against three Oscars for the co-favourite, Avatar, the sci-fi extravaganza directed by Bigelow's ex-husband James Cameron. The four acting awards were utterly unsurprising and it was a lean night indeed for the Brits, although the respected costume designer Sandy Powell - previously a laureate for Shakespeare in Love and The Aviator - won her third Oscar for The Young Victoria. A full list of nominees follows below.

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Best Original Screenplay: The Hurt Locker
Best Adapted Screenplay: Precious
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Mo'Nique (Precious)
Best Animated Feature: Up
Best Art Direction: Avatar
Best Cinematography: Avatar
Best Costume Design: The Young Victoria
Best Editing: The Hurt Locker
Best Sound Editing: The Hurt Locker
Best Sound Mixing: The Hurt Locker
Best Visual Effects: Avatar
  • District 9
  • Star Trek
Best Make-Up: Star Trek
  • Il Divo
  • The Young Victoria
Best Music (Original Score): Up
Best Music (Original Song): Crazy Heart ("The Weary Kind")
Best Foreign Language Film: El Secreto de sus Ochos (Argentina)
Best Documentary (Feature): The Cove
  • Burma VJ
  • Food, Inc.
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
  • Which Way Home
Best Documentary (Short): Music by Prudence
  • China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
  • The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
  • The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
  • Rabbit à la Berlin
Best Short Film (Animated): Logorama
  • French Roast
  • Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty
  • The Lady and the Reaper
  • A Matter of Loaf and Death
Best Short Film (Live Action): The New Tenants
  • The Door
  • Instead of Abracadabra
  • Kavi
  • Miracle Fish

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