‘The Hurt Locker’ Takes The Cake At The 82th Academy Awards
It was a big night for The Hurt Locker as it upset the biggie ‘Avatar’ at the awards, taking Best Picture, Director and Screenplay among others. The rest of the wins were deserved and expected like Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart, Christopher Waltz for Supporting Actor and Avatar for Visual Effects. Read all the winners [...]
It was a big night for The Hurt Locker as it upset the biggie ‘Avatar’ at the awards, taking Best Picture, Director and Screenplay among others. The rest of the wins were deserved and expected like Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart, Christopher Waltz for Supporting Actor and Avatar for Visual Effects.
Read all the winners below along with our live stream and thoughts if you missed it.
Something’s definitely wrong with the Neil Patrick Harris musical number. Maybe the fact that it was awkward?
Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are doing a great job hosting. Some very funny stuff there.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
- Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Our thoughts: Honestly, didn’t anyone even think anyone else would win? Waltz gave not only the best performance of the year (not only supporting), but possibly the greatest debut ever. An award most-deserved.
Winners are cleverly thanking people in their speeches without really thanking them.
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
- Up (2009): Pete Docter
Our thoughts: Up was one the best films of the year and proved Pixar’s prowess in the animation world. It was heartfelt and brilliant filmmaking at its core. Another well deserved award.
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
- Crazy Heart (2009): T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham(“The Weary Kind”)
Our thoughts: ‘The Weary Kind’ is an emotional song that works outside the film’s realm too. An expected win and a deserved one. The awards are going great if this is any indication.
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
- The Hurt Locker (2008): Mark Boal
Our thoughts: Inglourious Basterds deserved this more than anyone, yet Hurt Locker won it. Disappointing, but considering the acclaim the film is getting, it’s not really surprising. Is this a sign of things to come?
John Hughes tribute is touching and well-done. Matthew Broderick helps a lot with the former.
Best Short Film, Animated
- Logorama (2009): Nicolas Schmerkin
Our thoughts: Haven’t seen any of these shorts but they certainly look intriguing, especially Logorama.
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Music by Prudence (2010): Roger Ross Williams, Elinor Burkett
Our thoughts: Same with these, but Music by Prudence looked the best.
Best Short Film, Live Action
- The New Tenants (2009): Joachim Back, Tivi Magnusson
Our thoughts: No comments on the film, but the speech was entertaining.
Best Achievement in Makeup
- Star Trek (2009): Barney Burman, Mindy Hall, Joel Harlow
Our thoughts: Spock for the win! That’s all I can say. Deserved award.
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
- Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009): Geoffrey Fletcher
Our thoughts: I was hoping for Up in the Air or District 9, but Oscars seem to love inspirational stories. But that was one of the most over the top speeches I’ve ever heard.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Mo’Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
Our thoughts: Mo’Nique was a given considering the category wasn’t so strong this time. But again, the speech was overdone and overtly emotional. Not in a good way.
Best Achievement in Art Direction
- Avatar (2009): Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair
Our thoughts: Surprise! Avatar won! Seriously though, this could be the beginning of an Avatar sweep.
Best Achievement in Costume Design
The Young Victoria (2009): Sandy Powell
Our thoughts: Surprising choice for the award. I was gunning for Imaginarium. But did anyone notice the jab she took at ‘Nine’ there?
The horror tribute was amazing. Highlight of the show. Long deserved.
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
- The Hurt Locker (2008): Paul N.J. Ottosson
Our thoughts: Sound editing was amazing in this film. And very real too. Deserved award.
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
- The Hurt Locker (2008): Paul N.J. Ottosson, Ray Beckett
Our thoughts: Uh-oh. Avatar isn’t sweeping the technicals.
Best Achievement in Cinematography
- Avatar (2009): Mauro Fiore
Our thoughts: The flying scene was a beautiful moment and all thanks to the cinematographer.
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
- Up (2009): Michael Giacchino
Our thoughts: Most deserved for a touching score for a touching film. And great speech too.
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
- Avatar (2009): Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andy Jones
Our thoughts: What else did you expect? That is all.
Best Documentary, Features
- The Cove (2009): Louie Psihoyos, Fisher Stevens
Our thoughts: It’s a touching documentary that’s timely. Great win.
Best Achievement in Editing
- The Hurt Locker (2008): Bob Murawski, Chris Innis
Our thoughts: The most tense and well-directed action scenes of 2009 belonged to The Hurt Locker. And the best editing too. Locker is beating Avatar till now.
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
- El secreto de sus ojos (2009)(Argentina)
Our thoughts: ‘A Prophet’ was a favorite for this award but I’ve heard a great deal about ‘The Secret In Their Eyes’ too. Surprise win though.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
- Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart (2009)
Our thoughts: Bridges finally won his deserved statue. Great performance and heartfelt speech by the Dude himself.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
- Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side (2009)
Best Achievement in Directing
- Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2008)
Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Hurt Locker (2008): Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro
Our thoughts: Our combined thoughts for this – the former was expected but Best Picture was a big upset for Avatar. But Hurt Locker was a success story that deserved to win. Katheryn was overwhelmed too. Overall, very few surprises but Tarantino was snubbed badly.