Director Kathryn Bigelow’s modest war film The Hurt Locker was the bigger winner on Oscar night, having won six Oscars to the three won by Avatar. The Hurt Locker also made history by becoming the film with the most modest box office in the race to beat the film with the all-time box-office record.
In another unique twist, Bigelow became the first woman in Oscar’s 82 years to win as best director. The movie as won best original screenplay for Mark Boal — and took the craft categories of film editing, sound editing and sound mixing.
Jeff Bridges was an enormously popular choice as best actor for Crazy Heart and he went ga-ga in accepting the Oscar, while the overflow audience in the Kodak Theatre applauded wildly. Bridges, the offspring of actors, thanked his parents for inspiration. Sandra Bullock was another popular choice, in her case as best actress for The Blind Side. Mo’Nique took the trophy as best supporting actress for her role in Precious, while Christoph Waltz’s role in Inglourious Basterds won best supporting actor.
And one bright spot; Star Trek won for best make up.