The Hurt Locker Dominates as Bigelow Snags Best Director

First directing honors for a woman as Iraq thriller reaps 5 awards
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 7, 2010 11:06 PM CST
Updated Mar 7, 2010 11:14 PM CST
The Hurt Locker Dominates as Bigelow Snags Best Director
James Cameron, right, and Suzy Amis arrive during the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday, March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.    (Matt Sayles)

The Iraq war thriller The Hurt Locker earned the Best Picture Academy Award tonight, and Kathryn Bigelow won for best director. Bigelow is the first woman in the 82-year history of the Oscars to earn Hollywood's top prize for filmmakers. Among those Bigelow beat were ex-husband James Cameron, the best director winner for 1997's Titanic, who was nominated this time for his sci-fi spectacle Avatar. Bigelow and Cameron were married from 1989 to 1991.

The acting prizes went to Sandra Bullock as best actress for The Blind Side; Jeff Bridges as best actor for Crazy Heart; Mo'Nique as supporting actress for Precious; and Christoph Waltz as supporting actor for Inglourious Basterds. For a complete list of tonight's winners, click here.
(More Academy Awards stories.)

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