Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker made history at the Oscars last night – Bigelow by becoming the first woman in the 82 years of Academy Awards to win the Oscar for Best Director, and her movie, The Hurt Locker, by becoming the lowest-grossing Best Film winner ever.
“Switching effortlessly between passages of nerve-shredding suspense and ones of adrenalin-charged excitement, The Hurt Locker blows away the competition” is how Movie Talk summed up Bigelow’s movie last summer – and that’s exactly what it did this weekend, collecting a total of six Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay and the technical awards for Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
Last night’s big loser was Bigelow’s ex-spouse, James Cameron, whose spectacular 3D blockbuster Avatar – the highest grossing movie in history – which made a paltry return of two awards (Cinematography and Art Direction) from its nine nominations.
The acting awards all went to the expected recipients. Christoph Waltz (for Inglourious Basterds) and Mo’Nique (for Precious) picked up the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards. And, fifth-time lucky, Jeff Bridges claimed the gong for Best Actor for his role as Crazy Heart’s boozy, burnt-out country music legend.
Yet more history was made last night when Sandra Bullock picked up the Best Actress Oscar for her starring role in The Blind Side – the day after walking off with the worst actress prize at the Razzies for her performance in the dismal romantic comedy All About Steve: making her the first person to collect an Oscar and a Razzie in the same year.