After a long awards season, on Sunday in Hollywood we finally found out that the motion picture academy loved The Hurt Locker a lot more than James Cameron's hit sci-fi epic Avatar: The Iraq war drama prevailed to win best picture, best director and best original screenplay, as well as three other awards, for a total of six Oscars.
Avatar, meanwhile, nabbed three Oscars in technical categories—best visual effects, best cinematography and best art direction—but lost out to Hurt Locker in the big categories. Both were nominated for nine awards.
The South African sci-fi film District 9, meanwhile, was shut out of the awards entirely, despite four nominations, including one for best picture.
Disney/Pixar's 3-D animated Up lost out in the best-picture category but won Oscars for best animated feature film and best original music score (by Michael Giacchino). Meanwhile, Star Trek snatched best makeup, the first Oscar for a Trek movie (see accompanying story).
Here's a complete list of the winners:
Best picture: The Hurt Locker
Best actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Best actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Best supporting actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best supporting actress: Mo'Nique, Precious
Best director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best foreign-language film: El Secreto de Sus Ojos, Argentina
Best adapted screenplay: Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious
Best original screenplay: Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Best animated feature film: Up
Best art direction: Avatar
Best cinematography: Avatar
Best sound mixing: The Hurt Locker
Best sound editing: The Hurt Locker
Best original score: Up, Michael Giacchino
Best original song: The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)
Best costume design: The Young Victoria
Best documentary feature: The Cove
Best documentary short: Music by Prudence
Best film editing: The Hurt Locker
Best makeup: Star Trek
Best animated short film: Logorama
Best live-action short film: The New Tenants
Best visual effects: Avatar