2010 Academy Awards: Hurt Locker wins big

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The 82nd annual Academy Awards, arguably Hollywood’s biggest night, is scheduled to begin tonight at 8 pm on ABC. In an effort to increase ratings, the Oscars are rolling out some changes that are aimed to bring in a wider audience. For the first time in decades, the Academy Awards will feature 10 Best Picture nominees, instead of the usual five. Musical performances from movies will be eliminated, due to time constraints. Young celebrities, such as Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, will be presenting at the show, with the hopes of bringing in the younger crowd.  Hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are sure to provide laughs, but the focus will be on the individuals and films that will be honored.

“Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker” each received 9 nominations, including Best Picture. Ex-spouses James Cameron, of “Avatar,” and Kathryn Bigelow, of “The Hurt Locker,” are vying against each other in the Best Director category, where Bigelow is hoping to become the first female winner in the category. Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and Meryl Streep (“Julie and Julia”), the reported favorites in the Best Actress category, are facing off in what could be the closest race of the evening. Regardless of who wins in their respective categories, the best films and individuals of the year will get their due.

-Best Picture

Avatar

The Blind Side

District 9

An Education

The Hurt Locker – WINNER

Inglourious Basterds

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

A Serious Man

Up

Up in the Air

-Best Director

James Cameron, Avatar

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker – WINNER

Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

-Best Actress in a Leading Role

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side – WINNER

Helen Mirren, The Last Station

Carey Mulligan, An Education

Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

-Best Actor in a Leading Role

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart – WINNER

George Clooney, Up in the Air

Colin Firth, A Single Man

Morgan Freeman, Invictus

Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

– Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Matt Damon, Invictus

Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds – WINNER

Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones

-Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Penelope Cruz, Nine

Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart

Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire – WINNER

Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

-Best Animated Feature

Coraline

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Princess and the Frog

Up – WINNER

The Secret of Kells

-Best Original Song

“Almost There,” The Princess and the Frog

“Down in New Orleans,” The Princess and the Frog

“Loin de Paname,” Paris 36

“The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart – WINNER

“Take It All,” Nine

-Best Original Screenplay

Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker – WINNER

Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman, The Messenger

Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man

Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy, Up

-Best Animated Short Film

French Roast

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty

The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)

Logorama – WINNER

A Matter of Loaf and Death

-Best Documentary Short Subject

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 – WINNER

Krolik po berlinsku

-Best Live Action Short Film

The Door

Instead of Abracadabra

Kavi

The New Tenants – WINNER

Miracle Fish

-Achievement in makeup

Il Divo

Star Trek – WINNER

The Young Victoria

– Best Adapted Screenplay

Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, District 9

Nick Hornby, An Education

Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche, In the Loop

Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire – WINNER

Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

-Achievement in Art Direction

Avatar – WINNER

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Nine

Sherlock Holmes

The Young Victoria

-Achievement in Costume Design

Bright Star

Coco before Chanel

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Young Victoria – WINNER

Nine

-Achievement in Sound Editing

Avatar

The Hurt Locker – WINNER

Inglourious Basterds

Star Trek

Up

-Achievement in Sound Mixing

Avatar

The Hurt Locker – WINNER

Inglourious Basterds

Star Trek

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

-Achievement in Cinematography

Avatar – WINNER

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

The White Ribbon

-Best Original Score

Avatar

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Hurt Locker

Up – WINNER

Sherlock Holmes

Achievement in Visual Effects

Avatar – WINNER

District 9

Star Trek

Best Documentary Feature

Burma VJ

The Cove – WINNER

Food, Inc.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Which Way Home

-Achievement in Film Editing

Avatar

District 9

The Hurt Locker – WINNER

Inglourious Basterds

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

-Best Foreign Language Film

Ajami

El Secreto de Sus Ojos – WINNER

The Milk of Sorrow

Un prophete

The White Ribbon

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