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Hurt Locker dominates Oscars

Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" has dominated the 82nd Academy Awards, scooping six Oscars including best picture and best director. All the winners

Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" dominated the 82nd Academy Awards, scooping six Oscars including best picture and best director. The nerve-jangling movie about a US Army bomb disposal squad in Baghdad blew away it's rivals, with film maker Kathryn Bigelow becoming the first woman ever to win the Oscar for best director. "This really is, there's no other way to describe it, the moment of a lifetime," said Bigelow, only the fourth woman ever to be nominated for the best director award by Academy voters. "I'd like to dedicate this to the women and men in the military who risk their lives in a daily basis in Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world," Bigelow added. "May they come home safe." The top acting honours went to Hollywood veterans Jeff Bridges for his performance as an alcoholic country singer in "Crazy Heart" and Sandra Bullock, for her role as a feisty housewife in the sports drama "The Blind Side". It was a perfectly scripted night at the Kodak Theater for Bigelow, whose low-budget film had been locked in a duel with "Avatar", the $500 million science-fiction epic directed by her ex-husband James Cameron. Cameron's phenomenally successful blockbuster - the highest-grossing film in history with more than $2.5 billion in earnings - finished the night with three Oscars, mostly in technical categories. The face-off between Bigelow and Cameron's films had been billed as the "Battle of the Exes" but the two film-makers smiled and joked throughout the evening as they sat just a few feet apart throughout the show. The acting awards largely followed the form-book, with Bridges finally landing an Oscar after four previous unsuccessful nominations. Bridges thanked his late parents in an acceptance speech which came 39 years after his first Oscar nomination. "Thank you mum and dad for turning me on to such a groovy profession," said a delighted Bridges, who had earlier welled up with tears after a moving tribute from Michelle Pfeiffer. Bullock meanwhile completed a uniquely dubious double with her best actress award, which came just 24 hours after she was crowned worst actress at the Razzies, the annual eve-of-Oscars parody. "Did I really earn this or did I just wear you all down?" said Bullock, whose Oscar-winning role was based on the true story of Leigh Anne Tuohy, who took in a homeless black teenager Michael Oher and helped set him on the road to an American football career. Bullock dedicated her win to "the moms that take care of babies and children no matter where they come from", and paid tribute to her late mother, Helga for "making me practise every day when I got home, piano, ballet". "And for reminding her daughters that there's no race, no religion, no class system, no color, nothing, no sexual orientation, that make us better than anyone else. We are all deserving of love," she said. The supporting actor awards went to Austria's Christoph Waltz for his portrayal of a sadistic Nazi officer in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds", and Mo'Nique, a monstrous parent in harrowing drama "Precious". Mo'Nique's triumph made her only the only the fifth black actress in history to win an Oscar after Hattie McDaniel, Whoopi Goldberg, Halle Berry and Jennifer Hudson. The 42-year-old paid tribute to trailblazing "Gone With the Wind" actress McDaniel in her acceptance speech and later revealed she had picked out her Oscars outfit in honour of her predecessor. "I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all that she had to so that I would not have to," Mo'Nique said. "The reason why I have on this royal blue dress is because it's the color that Hattie McDaniel wore in 1940 when she accepted her Oscar," Mo'Nique said. "So, for you, Miss Hattie McDaniel, I feel you all over me, and it's about time that the world feels you all over them. Waltz meanwhile was in raptures after collecting his statuette from Spanish siren Penelope Cruz. "Oscar and Penelope - that's uber bingo," a delighted Waltz said. "There's no way I can ever thank you enough but I can start right now - thank you." "Up", about an elderly gent who ties balloons to his home to live his dream of seeing the wilds of South America, took the award for best animated feature. Argentine movie "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" (The Secret in their Eyes) landed Argentina its first Oscar statuette in 25 years when it scooped the award for the best foreign film. Juan Jose Campanella's latest feature beat "Ajami" from Israel, "The Milk of Sorrow" from Peru, "Un Prophete" from France and "The White Ribbon" from Germany to win the Oscar prize for best foreign-language film. *AFP

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BEST PICTURE "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) BEST ACTOR Jeff Bridges for "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight) BEST ACTRESS Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros.) DIRECTOR Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM "The Secret in Their Eyes" (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) -- Argentina (Sony Pictures Classics) SUPPORTING ACTOR Christoph Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) SUPPORTING ACTRESS Mo'Nique for "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Mark Boal for "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Geoffrey Fletcher for "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) ANIMATED FEATURE "Up" by Pete Docter (Disney/Pixar) ANIMATED SHORT FILM "Logorama" by Nicolas Schmerkin (Autour de Minuit) ART DIRECTION Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg for art direction and Kim Sinclair for set decoration on "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) COSTUME DESIGN Sandy Powell for "The Young Victoria" (Apparition) MAKE-UP Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow for "Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) CINEMATOGRAPHY Mauro Fiore for "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM "The New Tenants" by Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson (A Park Pictures and M & M Production) DOCUMENTARY FEATURE "The Cove" by Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens for (Roadside Attractions) DOCUMENTARY SHORT "Music by Prudence" by Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett (iThemba Production) VISUAL EFFECTS Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones for "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) SOUND EDITING Paul N.J. Ottosson for "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) SOUND MIXING Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett for "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) FILM EDITING Bob Murawski and Chris Innis for "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) ORIGINAL SCORE Michael Giacchino for "Up" (Disney/Pixar) ORIGINAL SONG "The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight), music and lyrics by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett