Major Winners of the 2010 Oscars, The Hurt Locker sweeps the awards

March 8th, 2010 - 1:27 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

the-hurt-locker2 Beverly Hills, Mar 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The 2010 Oscars were held at the Kodak Theatre and were hosted by – Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. Harnish Hamilton directed the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony, whereas Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman produced it. Like the co-host Alec Baldwin, it is also the director – Harnish Hamilton’s debut at the Oscars. The 5-times Oscar-nominated composer Marc Shaiman was the music director for the 82nd Academy Awards.

‘The Hurt Locker’ swept the 2010 Oscars completely. At the nomination stage the James Cameron directed Avatar and the war film Avatar had 9 each. But in the eventful ceremony at the Kodak Theatre, The Hurt Locker left the Avatar far behind, as it managed to bag 6 awards out of its 9 nominations. The 6 awards include honors for the best picture, best director, best film editing, best sound editing, best sound mixing, and the best original screenplay. The director of this movie Kathryn Bigelow also created history when she became the very first woman to bag an Oscar for the Best Director category. She is the ex-wife of the Avatar director – James Cameron. It is also the first time that an ex-husband-wife duo had been nominated in the Best Director’s category.

Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges won the Best Actress and the Best Actor awards respectively. Sandra Bullock was honored for her sensitive portrayal in ‘The Blind Side’. The other nominees for the Best Actor Award were Helen Mirren for ‘The Last Station’, Carey Mulligan for ‘An Education’, Gabourey Sidibe for ‘Precious: Based on the Novel `Push’ by Sapphire’ and the legendary actress Meryl Streep for ‘Julie & Julia’. In her acceptance speech, she said that she wanted to share her award with the other notable nominees.

Jeff Bridges won the Best Actor Award for the movie ‘Crazy Heart’. He was tipped to win the award, and hence it was no surprise when he took the trophy home. After accepting the award, he thanked his mom and dad. He spoke about his mom who loved showbiz, and his passionate dad who taught him the basics of acting. He said that this award is honoring them, as much as the award is honoring his craft. The other nominees in this category were George Clooney in ‘Up in the Air’, and Colin Firth in ‘A Single Man’ and Morgan Freeman in Invictus and Jeremy Renner in ‘The Hurt Locker’.

Robin Williams presented the best Supporting Actress award to Mo’Nique in Precious. The other nominees in this category were Penelope Cruz for Nine, Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air, Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart and Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air. While accepting the award, she said that, “First, I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics. I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all that she had to so that I would not have to. Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey because you touched it, the whole world saw it. Ricky Anderson, our attorney of Anderson & Smith, thank you for your hard work. My entire BET family, my Precious family, thank you so much. To my amazing husband Sidney, thank you for showing me that sometimes you have to forego doing what’s popular in order to do what’s right. And baby, you were so right. God bless us all.”

The Spanish actress Penelope Cruz presented the Award for the Best Supporting Actor to Christoph Waltz for ‘Inglourious Basterds’. The other nominees in this category were Matt Damon for Invictus, Woody Harrelson for ‘The Messenger’, Christopher Plummer for ‘The Last Station’ and Stanley Tucci for ‘The Lovely Bones’. This acceptance speech stated that, “Oscar and Penélope that’s an über bingo. I always wanted to discover some new continent and I thought I had to go this way, and then I was introduced to Quentin Tarantino, who was putting together an expedition that was equipped by Harvey Weinstein and Lawrence Bender and David Linde, and he put this script in front of me and he said, “This is where we’re going, but we’re going the other way. So Brad Pitt helped me on board and Diane Kruger was there Melanie Laurent and Denis Menochet and Bob Richardson and Sally Menke and Adam Schweitzer and Lisa Kasteler. Everybody helped me find a place. Universal and The Weinstein Company and ICM and Quentin, with his unorthodox methods of navigation, this fearless explorer, took this ship across and brought it in with flying colors and that’s why I’m here. And this is your welcoming embrace and there’s no way I can ever thank you enough, but I can start right now. Thank you.”

The jubilant Pete Docter won the Academy Award for the Best Animated Feature Film for his movie – ‘Up’. The animated movie fans Cameron Diaz and Steve Carell presented the award to him. Ryan Bingham and T-bone Burnett won the trophy for The Best original Song – ‘Crazy Heart’.

The Best Animated Short Film award was won by the producer of the film ‘Logorama’. The duration of the movie is just about 16 minutes, and while accepting the award, the producer said that it took 6 years to make this short film. So he said that he hoped to come back in 36 years to pick up the award for the Best Feature Film, and the Kodak Theatre erupted in applause, and muffled giggles.

‘The New Tenants’ has bagged the award for the Best Live Action Short Film at the 82nd Academy Awards. The film is a Danish live action short film. Its duration is just 21 minutes. Joachim Back directs this movie, and Anders Thomas Jensen wrote it, whereas David Rakoff was responsible for adapting it. The other nominees in this category were “Miracle Fish” by Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey, “Kavi” by Gregg Helvey, “Instead of Abracadabra” by Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström, and “The Door” by Juanita Wilson and James Flynn.

“The Cove” Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens “Food, Inc.” won the golden statue for the Best Documentary Feature. The other nominees in this category were “Burma VJ” Anders Ostergaard and Lise Lense-Møller, Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith and “Which Way Home” Rebecca Cammisa.

Ben Stiller came dressed as an alien of Pandora (of Avatar fame) to present the award for the Best Makeup. Star Trek picked up the award. The other nominees in this category were ” El Divo,” and “The Young Victoria.” Geoffrey Fletcher for ‘Precious’ bagged the award for the best Adapted Screenplay. Jake Gyllenhaal, and Rachel McAdams presented the award.

Avatar bagged the awards for the Best Visual Effects, the Best Art Direction and for the best Cinematography. The other nominees in the Best Visual Effects category were Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones. Sandra Bullock presented the award. Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg accepted the award for the Best Art Direction. In their acceptance speech they said that

“Jim Cameron, this… this Oscar sees you. Clearly, your vision is so deep…” Robert Stromberg: “You know, 13 years ago, the doctors told me I wasn’t going to survive and I thought that this dream of standing here would never come true. And, here we are. I owe this to my amazing wife, Lizz, my two kids Reese and Remy, for supporting me. Brooke Breton and Rick Carter and the hundreds of people that it took to make this film. Thank you. Special thanks to Jon Landau. Jim, every day we went to work. We knew we were working with a genius. We really were. We all felt that. Thank you so much.”

The noted director Quentin Tarantino presented the award for the Best Foreign Language Film to “The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)”Argentina. The other nominees were “Ajami” Israel “The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada)” Peru “A Prophet (Un Prophète)” France, and “The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band)” Germany.

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