“The Hurt Locker” earned six Oscars at the 82nd annual Academy Awards Sunday night, taking home the biggest prize — best picture — as well as honors for its director, original screenplay, sound editing, sound mixing and film editing.
… “Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow made history by becoming the first woman to win the directing prize. Presenter Barbra Streisand opened the envelope with, “Well, the time has come!” as a loud standing ovation and lots of shrieks greeted Bigelow’s arrival on the stage.
… “There’s no other way to describe it — it’s the moment of a lifetime,” she said, accepting her directing prize. She dedicated her honor “to the women and men in the military who risk their lives on a daily basis… may they come home safe.”
… The acting awards were divided between old favorites and rising newcomers. Sandra Bullock won best actress for her performance as a forceful mother who brings a homeless teen into her well-off family in “The Blind Side.” Jeff Bridges won the best actor Oscar for his performance as an alcohol-soaked country singer in “Crazy Heart.”
… Bullock started her speech with jokes, paying tribute to her “lover, Meryl Streep” — a fellow nominee — and asking, “Did I really earn this or did I just wear you all down?”
… Bridges said, “Thank you Mom and Dad for turning me on to such a groovy profession. … They loved showbiz so much, and I feel like an extension of them. This is as much for them as it is for me.”
… Hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin kept the ceremony moving until the big-award slowdown at the end. The two were lowered from the ceiling after an over-the-top opening number featuring a singing-and-dancing Neil Patrick Harris, and maintained a Bob Hope/Bing Crosby rhythm through much of the festivities, zinging one-liners at all and sundry.
… And in a moving tribute, several stars of John Hughes movies — including Molly Ringwald, Matthew Broderick, Jon Cryer, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall and Macaulay Culkin — came out to talk about the director of “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” who died in 2009. Hughes’ family, which was sitting in the audience, received an ovation.
… Farrah Fawcett died at age 62 on June 25, 2009 but she wasn’t part of this year’s Oscar’s “In Memoriam” segment. Film critic Roger Ebert noticed the omission and called it a “major fail” on his Twitter account. Access Hollywood says Bea Arthur was also missing from the segment.
… One one of the funniest Oscar moments came when Ben Stiller dressed up as a Na’vi to present the Oscar for Best Makeup. He came out speaking in Na’vi tongue and then said, “That means: ‘This seemed like a better idea in rehearsal.” Avatar director James Cameron looked like he enjoyed the joke.
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THE OSCAR WINNERS
- Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
- Director: Kathryn Bigelow (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)
- Adapted Screenplay: Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious)
- Original Screenplay: Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker)
- Animated Feature: Up