The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow has made history at this year’s Oscars, becoming the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director. Her film has also been named Best Picture.
Bigelow’s film follows the dangerous daily existence of a US Army bomb squad. It earned six Oscars in total on the night, including one for Mark Boal’s original screenplay, which was based on his time as a journalist embedded with such a unit.
“There is no other way to describe it – it’s the moment of a lifetime,” Bigelow said.
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Sci-fi epic Avatar and war saga The Hurt Locker earned a leading nine Oscar nominations at Tuesday morning’s press conference announcing the 2010 Academy Award nominees.
Both films are up for Best Film and Best Director in a race that will see Academy awards veteran James Cameron face off against ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow.
For the first time, the Oscars will feature 10 Best Picture contenders instead of the usual five.
Other movies contending for the 2010 Best Picture statue include: Up in the Air, The Blind Side, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, District 9, Up, A Serious Man, Inglourious Basterds, and An Education.
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