The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges win big at the Oscars

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

In what might be considered a bit of an upset, THE HURT LOCKER managed to beat out the uber-successful AVATAR for Best Picture honors at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.  THE HURT LOCKER was nominated 9 times and took home 6 awards, including Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first woman to ever win the award.  Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges won top acting honors, while Mo’Nique and Christoph Waltz took home supporting actor awards.  THE HURT LOCKER received the sound awards while AVATAR (of course) won all the major visual awards, including Best Cinematographer.

As for hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, I’d say they did pretty well, although the opening performance was owned by Neil Patrick Harris.  But the single best moment at the Oscars came from Sandra Bullock, who leaned in to hug Meryl Streep and then pulled out, leaving Meryl hanging.  It seems like those two have a friendly banter back and forth and it was a nice moment that livened up the show.  Also, watching Jeff Bridges give his acceptance speech was fun, only because the Dude seems like a laid back, fun guy.  If I have one complaint, it’s that the telecast is still too long, but maybe if I lived on the West Coast, I wouldn’t feel that way.

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Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin

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