Hurt Locker Wins The War (And The Oscar)

In the end, as everyone must know by now, David defeated Goliath. The low-budget The Hurt Locker, which earned just $15 million at the box office -- 2 percent of the earnings of Avatar -- came away with the Oscar for best picture Sunday night. Its director, Kathryn Bigelow, took the best director Oscar -- the first woman ever to do so (and for a film with hardly a woman in sight). And writer-producer Mark Boal won for best screenplay, despite last-minute news reports that appeared to discredit The Hurt Locker 's authenticity. (Fellow producer Nicolas Chartier was barred from the Academy Awards ceremony for a coincident email campaign on behalf of the film in which he disparaged its top rival, Avatar .) The battle between Hurt Locker and Avatar for best film and best director marked the only suspenseful contests in an otherwise predictable competition. Indeed, about the only big surprise of the night came when the foreign-language film award went to the Argentinean thriller The Secret in Their Eyes ( El Secreto de Sus Ojos ), which beat out the two films regarded as the top contenders, Germany's The White Ribbon ( Das weisse Band ) and France's The Prophet ( Un Prophète ). All of the other awards followed the template set by most of the year's previous film competitions Sandra Bullock received the best actress award for The Blind Side, while Jeff Bridges took the actor award for Crazy Heart. The supporting actress/actor awards went respectively to Mo'Nique for Precious and Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds . Disney/Pixar's Up (a best picture nominee) won for best animated film, while the documentary feature prize went to The Cove, a controversial expose about the slaughter of dolphins in the village of Taiji, Japan. (The mayor of Taiji wasted no time to decry the award, issuing an immediate statement saying, "It is important to respect and understand regional food cultures, which are based on traditions with long histories.")



Tags: Disney - Jeff Bridges - Mo'nique - Pixar - Sandra Bullock


More Disney

Get Ready For ‘Moana’, Disney’s Latest Heroine Who Will Set Sail In 2016

While some of us may not be ready to let Frozen go yet, Disney is at least moving forward, having just announced their 56th animated...

We Nominate The Trailer For Disney's "Feast " For A Cute Thing Of The Week Award

Ok, I admit, the new trailer for Disney’s animated short Feast kind of melted my heart a little. A tiny, tiny bit. But they played...

'Frozen' Attractions To Be Built In Disney World Florida

Disney World Florida will be getting the Frozen treatment when a section of the park will feature a whole new series of attractions based on...

Epcot Is About To Get ‘Frozen’ As Disney Announces New Theme Park Attraction Based On Hit Movie

It was only a matter of time before Disney increased the presence of Frozen at its theme parks and it seems Epcot is to become...


Disney Goes to War with Deadmau5 over 'Mickey Mouse' Ears

The Walt Disney Co has filed an objection to musician Deadmau5's use of stylized ears, claiming they are too similar to its iconic signature logo....

Disney To Follow 'Frozen' with Short Sequel in 2015

Disney is keen to capitalize on the monumental success of the Oscar-winning 'Frozen' - now the biggest grossing animation in history - and will release...

Disney And LucasFilm Team Up Again For 'Star Wars' Game

Lucasfilm and Disney have teamed up once more, this time for a tablet-based computer game entitled Star Wars: Commander. The new game was released on...

'Frozen' Director Jennifer Lee Unsurprisingly Snaffled for 'A Wrinkle in Time'

After the monumental success of Frozen - now the biggest animated movie of all time - and the impressive box-office of Maleficent, writer and director...



Disney Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Disney

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All