82nd Annual Academy Awards

The Hurt Locker sweeps the board

by Scott Macdonald

Kathryn Bigelow's masterpiece about an elite bomb-disposal squad in Iraq, The Hurt Locker obliterated its competition in the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. It collected gongs for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

James Cameron's Avatar, limped away with three - although I'm surprised it won in Cinematography. Up In The Air came home empty handed. The big surprise of the night was Best Foreign Film, The Secret in Their Eyes, which elicited whoops of joy from the room. It hits UK screens later this year.

In a decidedly average Oscarcast, the autocue gags kept coming thick and fast from hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. "God, that woman can act - and what's with all that Nazi memorabilia" - a well-timed zinger on Meryl Streep. Also, an inspired spoof on Paranormal Activity (and if you squint, Planes, Trains and Automobiles).

Highlights included a remarkable speech from Best Supporting Actress winner Mo'Nique - highlighting that "it can be about the performance and not about the politics". And a remarkably touching montage and tribute to John Hughes - which made Gen-Xers feel every hour of our ages.

Less inspired moments included a street-dance to the music of the Best Scores, and the borderline criminal omission of both Farrah Fawcett and Lionel Jeffries in the In Remembrance section. The horror montage was also particularly painful, and kept us all from our beds for at least another five minutes.

Without further ado - the full list of winners!

Best Picture:
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
A Serious Man
Up
Up In The Air

Best Director:
James Cameron - Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels - Precious
Jason Reitman - Up In The Air

Best Actor:
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
George Clooney - Up In The Air
Colin Firth - A Single Man
Morgan Freeman - Invictus
Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker

Best Actress:
Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side
Helen Mirren - The Last Station
Carey Mulligan - An Education
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious
Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia

Best Supporting Actor:
Matt Damon - Invictus
Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
Christopher Plummer - The Last Station
Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones
Cristoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress:
Penelope Cruz - Nine
Vera Farmiga - Up In The Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick - Up In The Air
Mo'Nique - Precious

Best Animated Feature Film
Coraline
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Princess And The Frog
The Secret Of Kells
Up

Best Foreign Language Film
Ajami
The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)
The Milk of Sorrow
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

Best Documentary
Burma VJ
The Cove
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

Best Short Film (Live Action)
The Door
Instead Of Abracadabra
Kavi
Miracle Fish
The New Tenants

Best Animated Sort
French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady And The Reaper
Logorama
A Matter Of Loaf And Death

Best Documentary Short
China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears Of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign Of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing Of A GM Plant
Music By Prudence
Rabbit À La Berlin

Best Art Direction
Avatar
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

Best Cinematography
Avatar
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon

Best Film Editing
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious

Best Original Screenplay
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Messenger
A Serious Man
Up

Best Adapted Screenplay
District 9
An Education
In The Loop
Precious
Up In The Air

Best Costume Design
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
Nine
The Young Victoria

Best Make-Up
Il Divo
Star Trek
The Young Victoria

Best Visual Effects
Avatar
District 9
Star Trek

Best Music (Original Score)
Avatar
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes
Up

Best Music (Original Song)
Almost There - The Princess And The Frog
Down in New Orleans - The Princess And The Frog
Loin de Paname - Paris 36
Take It All - Nine
The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart) - Crazy Heart

Best Sound Mixing
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

Best Sound Editing
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up

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