The Hurt Locker Locks Up the Academy Awards


Well, there weren’t many major surprises nor many particularly memorable moments, but we still had a lot of fun watching the Oscars here tonight. Thanks to all of you who tuned in for the live podcast and joined us in the live chat over at Ustream. As you may have heard, The Hurt Locker cleaned up, taking home a total of 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, making Kathryn Bigelow the first female director to ever win the award. James Cameron’s Avatar, on the other hand, won only for visual effects, art direction and cinematography.

All of the acting categories went off as expected, with Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock winning Best Actor and Best Actress, while Christoph Waltz and Mo’Nique won the supporting trophies. If there was an upset at all, it was probably The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos), which beat out Michael Haneke’s heavily favoured The White Ribbon for Best Foreign Film. What did you think of the winners? Did you think Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin did a good job as hosts? And what the heck was George Clooney so pissed off about anyway? Check out the full list of nominees and winners after the jump.

Note: Winners are in bold.

Best Picture

  • “Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
  • “The Blind Side” Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Producers
  • “District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
  • “An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
  • “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro, Producers
  • “Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
  • “A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
  • “Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
  • “Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers


  • “Avatar” James Cameron
  • “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
  • “Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels
  • “Up in the Air” Jason Reitman

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
  • George Clooney in “Up in the Air”
  • Colin Firth in “A Single Man”
  • Morgan Freeman in “Invictus”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Matt Damon in “Invictus”
  • Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger”
  • Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station”
  • Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones”
  • Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
  • Helen Mirren in “The Last Station”
  • Carey Mulligan in “An Education”
  • Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
  • Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Penélope Cruz in “Nine”
  • Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air”
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart”
  • Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air”
  • Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • “District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
  • “An Education” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
  • “In the Loop” Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
  • “Up in the Air” Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • “The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal
  • “Inglourious Basterds” Written by Quentin Tarantino
  • “The Messenger” Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
  • “A Serious Man” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • “Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Animated Feature Film

  • “Coraline” Henry Selick
  • “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson
  • “The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
  • “The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
  • “Up” Pete Docter

Art Direction

  • “Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
  • “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
  • “Nine” Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
  • “Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
  • “The Young Victoria” Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray


  • “Avatar” Mauro Fiore
  • “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel
  • “The Hurt Locker” Barry Ackroyd
  • “Inglourious Basterds” Robert Richardson
  • “The White Ribbon” Christian Berger

Costume Design

  • “Bright Star” Janet Patterson
  • “Coco before Chanel” Catherine Leterrier
  • “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Monique Prudhomme
  • “Nine” Colleen Atwood
  • “The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell

Documentary (Feature)

  • “Burma VJ” Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
  • “The Cove” Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens
  • “Food, Inc.” Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
  • “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
  • “Which Way Home” Rebecca Cammisa

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
  • “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
  • “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
  • “Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
  • “Rabbit à la Berlin” Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Film Editing

  • “Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
  • “District 9” Julian Clarke
  • “The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
  • “Inglourious Basterds” Sally Menke
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Joe Klotz

Foreign Language Film

  • “Ajami” Israel
  • “The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada)” Peru
  • “A Prophet (Un Prophète)” France
  • “The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)” Argentina
  • “The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band)” Germany


  • “Il Divo” Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
  • “Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
  • “The Young Victoria” Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Music (Original Score)

  • “Avatar” James Horner
  • “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat
  • “The Hurt Locker” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
  • “Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer
  • “Up” Michael Giacchino

Music (Original Song)

  • “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  • “Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  • “Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
  • “Take It All” from “Nine” Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
  • “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Short Film (Animated)

  • “French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert
  • “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
  • “The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia
  • “Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
  • “A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

Short Film (Live Action)

  • “The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
  • “Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
  • “Kavi” Gregg Helvey
  • “Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
  • “The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Sound Editing

  • “Avatar” Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
  • “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
  • “Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman
  • “Star Trek” Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
  • “Up” Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Sound Mixing

  • “Avatar” Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
  • “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
  • “Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
  • “Star Trek” Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
  • “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Visual Effects

  • “Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
  • “District 9” Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
  • “Star Trek” Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

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  • The best thing of the night was when “The Secret in Their Eyes” director Juan José Campanella said “I’m glad the academy didn’t consider Na’vi a foreign language”. Too bad it didn’t get any laughs. The rest of the evening was very boring, well except for Ben Stiller’s part.

  • projectgenesis

    What a strange Oscars. Reitman and Tarantino are robbed of their respective screenplay categories then Hurt Locker cleans up. Bigelow’s K19:The Widow Maker was a much more interesting war film. I love Near Dark, Strange Days, Point Break, so I’m glad she won but given her past work I expect more from her. Mark Boal winning Screenplay? Seriously!!! His genius lines like “I’m two weeks to retirement” must’ve been the kicker. Lethal Weapon in Iraq is a great logline, mediocre movie. I was honestly more moved by Armored and Orphan than Hurt Locker.

  • Marc

    Wow James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino should call the cops because they got robbed! Hopefully Hollywood can go back giving the awards out to more deserving films and directors now that they made “history” and gave the award to a woman.

    Granted I liked the Hurt Locker but it wasn’t much better than an episode of Generation Kill. Hell it wasn’t even better than Jarhead, which was way “underrated” and overlooked!

  • It is what it is.

  • Marc

    @ Chris Harvey “It is what it is.”

    No truer words have ever been spoken.

  • Saying that “The Hurt Locker” is a better film than “Avatar” is an insult and slap in the face to James Cameron!

    One is low budget war flick that grossed $20 million

    The other is a innovation in movie making, visually stunning, the top grossing movie of all time and a great movie that people want to see more than once.

    It’s nice to have a woman win if she deserves it!

  • 81

    What the hell is “the Hurt Locker”?

  • HAHAHAHAH yeah… Hurt locker won …as i predict and desired..

    …yet i don’t know if i am supposed to feel happy or.. insulted…

    I don’t know maybe oscars aren’t that bad after all..

  • patrik

    Nico, what the hell has Box Office got to do with the quality of a film? Are you gonna say Transformers 2 is an awesome movie? That had great visual effects as well.. The Hurt Locker deserved best film

  • patrik

    Also for example, Schindlers list is one of the best movies I´ve seen but that doesn´t mean that I have any need to watch again. I´ve seen it once.

  • bert belgium

    i was bored shitless with avatar, but i also think tarantino was robbed the most, with basterds being way better then hurt locker and avatar!

  • Dim

    Avatar is a like technology demo not a movie. I was happy for a Hurt Locker mainly because Avatar did not win it. It was not the greatest movie eve but at least it was not the typical Hollywood anti war drivel. Basterds deserved it more but what can you do :(

  • KeithTalent

    Just happy Avatar lost, though I am very disappointed Basterds did not win anything aside from Walz. I was rubbing my IB dogtag the entire show, but to no avail.

    Have to say foreign film was the biggest upset, I thought Haneke had that locked up. I did see the film that won and while it was good, it was no White Ribbon. Heck, even A Prophet was better. Very surprising.

  • Nate

    Question: How does a mostly non-photographed movie win best cinematography?

    It’s hard to get too excited over Hurt Locker victories. I mean, I really like it, but it’s not my favorite of the year. I’m mostly glad that Avatar didn’t win. To echo everyone else, Basterds should have won more. Especially screenplay! WTF was that?!

  • maybe tarantino just tries to much..

  • bullet3

    Just total bullshit this year.
    If they wanna give Hurt Locker best picture and best director, fine, I disagree with that, but I can see how you could make that argument. But no way in hell did it have a better screenplay than Inglourious Basterds, or better sound design and mixing than Avatar. Those three awards were just total bullshit.

  • Have to laugh at butthurt Avatar stans.

  • anyone know what the story is behind that woman that bum rushed the stage!? I think it was during the doc. short award.

  • Sean on the Scene!!!

    sounds like a E show hmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Glendon

    Love that Hurt Locker won film, director and editing. It did not deserve screenplay though. That was all Tarantino’s.

  • Goon

    content that Hurt Locker won but the Avatar bashers over it are generally annoying, cheering against it rather than for anything, mostly because of James Cameron.

    I wonder though if HL is going to end up with a sudden backlash now that people finally see it and will be walking in knowing it is supposedly the best picture of the year.

  • Mrespony

    I didn’t feel that Hurt Locker was a better film than Inglourious Basterds, but I don’t have a vote. These awards shows are just getting worse, what was with the weird interpretive robot dancing? Was Oscar trying to give the Grammys a run for the title of most laughable spectacle? We scanned back on this about 10 times on our DVR because we couldn’t stop laughing.

  • Mrespony

    Oh and I love the photo at the top of this post, it looks like Bigelow could put Martin and Baldwin in a headlock and bonk their heads together, somebody sure needed to.

  • KeithTalent

    Just heard Kathryn Bigelow is 59 years old! :o

    She is looking fine at 59!

  • Henrik

    “She is looking fine at 59!”

    Well the oscars are pretty ridiculous, the people all look like plastic, even down to the media hosts.

    Ricky Gervais did a joke about it on the Globes, which was pretty awesome.

  • Napalm

    i wanted Basterds to win.. it is hands down a classic in my eyes, but I’m actually kinda cool with Hurt Locker winning. enjoyed the movie a lot but i think it could’ve done with a better plotline.

    btw in that picture it looks like Bigelow is holding Martin and Baldwin’s (golden) cocks!

  • Is Quentin Tarantino the new Martin Scorsese?

    First it was Robert Zemeckis, now Katheryn Bigelow! Who else is QT going to lost to?

  • Sheldon

    I liked the fact that The Hurt Locker won. Avatar was a great movie too but I felt it was only one dimensional. The visuals were great but what else was there?? The Hurt Locker had better acting, better direction, a better story line, and fairly decent visuals for a film that budgeted only $15 million. Inglorious Basterds was a good movie too and I felt it had a better chance to win than Avatar.