The battle for best picture became a David vs. Goliath battle and David won. “The hurt locker” beat the monster blockbuster “Avatar” for the biggest award of the night. The film also won best director for Kathryn Bigelow, and has become the lowest earning feature to win best picture in over 40 years and one of the few war movies. “Avatar” has earned over 2.4 billion dollars at the worldwide box-office and beat out “Titanic” as the number 1 movie in America, earning over 700 million in its domestic run. “The hurt locker” on the other hand is already out on DVD and has earned a total of 16 million at the box office.
“The hurt locker” also won best sound mixing, best original screenplay, best sound editing, best director and best editing bringing its total number of awards to six. “Avatar” won three Oscars including best art direction, best cinematography, and best visual effects. Many fans will be disappointed to see “Avatar” out of the top spot, but the film was not as well-received as “The hurt locker” and although fans loved it, critics were always distant from it as the story was described as Pocahontas in the sky. “The hurt locker” won the best original screenplay award, a category in which “Avatar” was not even nominated. The producers thanked the people involved in the distribution, and thanked fireman and everyone involved in life threatening jobs.
Either way, “Avatar” was a film with a great message, which stated that to preserve our humanity we need to conserve our world. The message obviously hit with many people as the film became such a massive hit, and has created a cult following similar to what “Star Wars” created in the 70s. “The hurt locker” also touched upon the theme of war and how it creates a tense hell on Earth, yet the film was never a hit among audiences and was more publicized for its DVD release than for its theatrical release.
Kathryn Bigelow made history tonight. She became the first woman ever to win the Oscar for best director. She won the Director’s Guild Award, and every other major accolade except the Golden Globe which was won by her ex-husband James Cameron. She has become the first female director to win the award, finally stepping onto the podium after Sophia Coppola (“Lost in translation”), Jane Campion (“The piano”), and Lina Wertmuller (“Seven beauties”). Her husband, James Cameron, won the same award on 1997 for “Titanic”, but it was his ex’s turn this time around, and she went unto the podium with a sense of surprise and thanked her fellow nominees Jason Reitman, Lee Daniels, James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino.
The academy increased its nominations for best picture to ten films this year, mainly because it received criticism for not nominating “The dark knight” last year. With these 5 extra films the Academy wanted to get in touch with a younger audience, as well as having presenters like Chris Pine, Ryan Reynolds, Miley Cyrus and Zac Efron tonight. Yet despite their best efforts, the Academy proved once more that it is not entirely in touch with the zeitgeist, although many people would disagree and call “A hurt locker” a better film than “Avatar”. Which is better depends entirely on opinion as they are two completely different films with different themes and styles. While “The hurt locker” is more of a character-study in what seems like hell on Earth, “Avatar” tries to rely on its graphics to make the audience fall in love with Pandora, and as such appreciate the world around them and use technology to their advantage. Whatever your opinion of your films is, it is clear that the film will now be seen by more people and get the attention it deserves.
Although lately the race was between these two films it is important to mention the other films nominated as they all got their share of attention in the three hour long ceremony. Other nominees included: “Inglourious Basterds”, “An education”, “Up in the air”, “Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire”, “A serious man”, “The blind side”, “District 9”, and the winner for the best animated feature: “Up”.
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