The Hurt Locker Strikes Gold

Published: March 8th 2010

The Hurt Locker
Pic: Oscars


Kathryn Bigelow made history as the first woman to win the Best Director award in the Oscar’s 82-year history. Bigelow’s film, The Hurt Locker, took home a total of six Oscars including Best Picture. On stage, the director said, “It's the moment of a lifetime,” and dedicated her triumph to the soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Bigelow’s ex-husband and Canadian James Cameron snagged three awards for his billion-dollar blockbuster, Avatar. Despite being nominated for nine categories, it only won for visual effects, cinematography and art direction. It seemed the night truly belonged to the rookies.


Firs-time winner Christoph Waltz received the prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, playing a Nazi in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. Waltz, who is Austrian, commended Tarantino for his “unorthodox methods of navigation.”


Among those who also entered the Oscars’ winner circle for the very first time were Mo’nique (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Precious), Sandra Bullock (Best Actress in a Leading Role, The Blind Side) and Jeff Bridges (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Crazy Heart).


Bullock beat out Meryl Streep who has been nominated for an Oscar record of 16 times. “Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?” Bullock said upon coming on stage. She thanked her mother and praised her fellow nominees, including her “lover” Streep. Meanwhile, Jeff Bridges finally took home the golden statue after five previous nods. Like Bullock, Bridges also dedicated his award to his late parents.


For a full list of winners, visit

Related articles:
Share with friends Print this page Read later Recommend 0 times