Hurt Locker, Bigelow Dominate BAFTAs

Iraq war movie captures best film, director, original screenplay
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2010 4:32 PM CST
Hurt Locker, Bigelow Dominate BAFTAs
Kathryn Bigelow poses with her Best Director award for "The Hurt Locker" in the media room at the British Academy Film Awards 2010, at the Royal Opera House in London, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

The Hurt Locker ran roughshod over the competition at tonight's BAFTAs, capturing best film, best director, and best original screenplay among its six trophies—four more than Avatar scored. "My heart's beating so fast I can barely talk," said Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, whose rivalry with ex-husband and Avatar mastermind James Cameron has been one of awards season's juiciest subplots. Top acting honors went to Colin Firth for A Single Man and Carey Mulligan for An Education.

Like virtually every other award-granting organization in the film world, the British Academy named Cristoph Waltz of Inglourious Basterds and Mo'Nique of Precious best supporting actor and actress. "This award is a very big deal," said director Lee Daniels, who accepted on Mo'Nique's behalf. "We didn't know how this film was going to be received overseas."
(More BAFTA stories.)

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