Oscar winners 2010: Avatar gets thrown in The Hurt Locker


8th March 2010

Low-budget war movie about the might of the American military beats big-budget anti-war metaphor at the Irony Awards.

Bad luck, James Cameron: looks like you divorced the wrong woman. Despite a big-budget and even bigger swinging balls, Avatar was beaten to Best Picture by The Hurt Locker, the little-seen Iraq war thriller. Kathryn Bigelow also made history by becoming the first woman to win Best Director.

Interesting, but all the pithy comments in the world can't sum up the rivalry between Bigelow and Cameron as well as this picture. Sense the tone, James!

Hurt Locker scored six of nine nominations, while Avatar was left to sweep up just three: that's one less than Transformers won in 2007. Cameron will no doubt comfort himself by rubbing his naked body in billion dollar bills. All two and a half of them.

Here are your winners and losers: look away now if you're British, Na'vi or a member of Al'Qaeda.

Best Picture
WINNER: The Hurt Locker
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up in the Air
Best Director
WINNER: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Lee Daniels, Precious
Jason Reitman, Up In The Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Best Actor
WINNER: 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
WINNER: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Best Supporting Actor
WINNER: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Best Supporting Actress
WINNER: Mo'Nique, Precious
PenÚlope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up In The Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Best Animted Film
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess And The Frog
The Secret of Kells
Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: El Secreto do Sus Ojos (Argentina)
Un Prophete (France)
The White Ribbon (Germany)
Ajami (Israel)
The Milk of Sorrow (Peru)
Best Editing
WINNER: The Hurt Locker
District 9
Inglourious Basterds
Best Documentary
WINNER: The Cove
Burma VJ
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home
Best Original Screenplay
WINNER: Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman, The Messenger
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
Pete Docter, Bob Peterson & Tom McCarthy, Up
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Best Adapted Screenplay
WINNER: Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche, In the Loop
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell, District 9
Nick Hornby, An Education
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, Up In The Air
Best Visual Effects
WINNER: Avatar
District 9
Star Trek
Best Score
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes
Best Cinematography
WINNER: Avatar
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon
Best Sound Mixing
WINNER: The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
Best Sound Editing
WINNER: The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Best Costume Design
WINNER: The Young Victoria
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
Best Art Direction
WINNER: Avatar
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria
Best Makeup
WINNER: Star Trek
Il Divo
The Young Victoria
Best Live-Action Short
WINNER: The New Tenants
The Door
Instead Of Abracadabra
Miracle Fish
Best Documentary Short
WINNER: Music by Prudence
China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign Of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing Of A GM Plant
Rabbit Ó la Berlin
Best Animated Short
WINNER: Logorama
French Roast
Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty
The Lady And The Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
A Matter Of Loaf And Death
Best Song
WINNER: "The Weary Kind," Crazy Heart, T-Bone Burnett & Ryan Bingham
"Almost There," The Princess And The Frog, Randy Newman
"Down In New Orleans," The Princess And The Frog, Randy Newman
"Loin de Paname," Paris 36, Reinhardt Wagner & Frank Thomas
"Take It All," Nine, Maury Yeston

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