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
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)
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(Newser) – 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.

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