Oscars: The Winners, The Losers, The Big Night
Well, what a night, eh? It was glorious to have a real nail-biter of a ceremony, with the David and Goliath battle that was Avatar vs. The Hurt Locker. But, in the end, Katheryn Bigelow’s budget Iraq epic took home the gold, in a night that was revolutionary, though strangely rather predictable.
The Hurt Locker walked away with 6 awards, including Original Screenplay, Best Picture and Best Director. This makes Kathryn Bigelow the first woman to win best director, and good on her. It also must feel a little bit awesome to win out against your ex-husband, no matter how gracious your winner’s grin is.
Avatar didn’t walk away empty handed however, scooping three awards – for Visual Effects, Cinematography and Art Direction (or, as they call it in the industry ‘Not Best Director’). Big individual winners including Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart (sorry Colin) and Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side, who scooped Best Actor and Best Actress respectively. Bullock was charming and funny in her acceptance speech, opening with “Did I really earn this or did I just win you down?” Bless her. You wore us down.
Suppporting role awards went to Mo’Nique for Precious and Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds, the cheeky little monkey that he is. Up walked away with Best Animated Picture and Star Trek got a look in with Best Makeup. The only real surprise of the night came from the Academy’s choice of Argentina’s El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret Of Their Eyes) which nabbed Best Foreign Film over favourites The White Ribbon and A Prophet. Another interesting choice was that of Best Adapted Screenplay which went to Precious rather than the British favourites An Education and In The Loop. It wasn’t a great night for the Brits all in all, with Carey Mulligan, Colin Firth and Helen Mirren all walking away empty handed.
Ultimately though, with the underdog success of The Hurt Locker, it felt like the night ended how it should. The comedy stylings of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin kept the night ticking along nicely, and everyone – of course – looked fabulous. Sigh. How long till next year?
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Full list of winners below:
List of winners at the 82nd annual Academy Awards:
– Motion Picture: The Hurt Locker.
– Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart.
– Actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side.
– Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds.
– Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.
– Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker.
– Foreign Film: El Secreto de Sus Ojos, Argentina.
– Adapted Screenplay: Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.
– Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker.
– Animated Feature Film: Up.
– Art Direction: Avatar.
– Cinematography: Avatar.
– Sound Mixing: The Hurt Locker.
– Sound Editing: The Hurt Locker.
– Original Score: Up, Michael Giacchino.
– Original Song: “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)” from Crazy Heart, Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.
– Costume: The Young Victoria.
– Documentary Feature: The Cove.
– Documentary (short subject): Music by Prudence.
– Film Editing: The Hurt Locker.
– Makeup: Star Trek.
– Animated Short Film: Logorama.
– Live Action Short Film: The New Tenants.
– Visual Effects: Avatar.