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Kathryn Bigelow makes history with The Hurt Locker at the Academy Awards

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The Iraq war drama, "The Hurt Locker" won for best picture and took home five other Oscars as well, including best director, Kathryn Bigelow.

 

Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman in the 82-year history of the Oscars to earn Hollywood's top prize for filmmakers.

"There's no other way to describe it. It's the moment of a lifetime," Bigelow said. "It's so extraordinary to be in the company of my fellow nominees, such powerful filmmakers, who have inspired me and I have admired, some of them for decades."

Among those Bigelow and "The Hurt Locker" beat are ex-husband James Cameron and his sci-fi spectacle "Avatar." Bigelow and Cameron were married from 1989-91.

Cameron was seated right behind Bigelow at the Oscars and joined a standing ovation for her, clapping vigorously and saying, "Yes, yes" after she won.

First-time winners took all four acting prizes: 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."


"Avatar" won three Oscars, for visual effects, art direction and cinematography, beating "The Hurt Locker" for the latter. "The Hurt Locker" also won out over "Avatar" for film editing, sound editing and sound mixing.

With nine nominations each, "The Hurt Locker" and "Avatar" came in tied for the Oscar lead.

"Hurt Locker" screenwriter Mark Boal, who won the Oscar for original screenplay, thanked Bigelow, calling her an "extraordinary and visionary filmmaker," and dedicated his Oscar win to the troops still in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with those who did not make it home. Boal also affectionately recalled his father, who died a month ago.

Missing from the onstage celebration for the "Hurt Locker" win was producer Nicolas Chartier, who was banned by the academy from attending the Oscars because of e-mails he sent urging members to vote for his movie which is an academy violation.

"The Hurt Locker" took home six Oscars, best picture, best director, film editing, sound mixing, sound editing, and original screenplay.

It was awesome to watch as history unfolded last night. She sets the way for future women filmmakers. Absolutely awesome.


For more info: Los Angeles Times

For pics of Kathryn at the awards click here

 Here are some facts about Kathryn Bigelow

1. Kathryn was born in San Carlos, California in 1951, to a paint factory manager and a librarian.

2. She had wanted to become a painter and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute before going to New Yorks Columbia University to study film criticism.

3. Kathryns directorial debut was the 1978 short film The Set-Up which explored movie violence.

4. Kathryn has only made a handful of films. She has also directed episodes of crime drama Homicide.

5. In 1987 she directed the music video for New Order's Touched by the Hand of God

6. In 1989 Kathryn married fellow director James Cameron. They split in 1991.

7. In 1991 Kathryn directed action thriller Point Break starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. The film took amost $100 million at the box office.

8. Kathryns first full-length feature film was biker movie The Loveless in 1982.

9. Her 1995 film Strange Days was written and produced by ex-husband James Cameron.

10. Kathryns Oscar winning film The Hurt Locker is the lowest-grossing best picture winner in Oscar history.

Comments

  • Jen 4 years ago

    YO KATHRYN IMMA LET YOU FINISH BUT AVATAR IS THE BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME!! OF ALL TIME!!

    YES KATHRYN YOU MADE HISTORY! THIS WAS THE WORST OSCARS EVER IN HISTORY! LOL! AND YOU MADE IT!

    NEVER WATCHING THAT CRAP AGAIN!

  • cory 4 years ago

    LOL