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“The Hurt Locker” Dominates At Academy Awards

Posted on: March 8, 2010

Kathryn Bigelow (director)

“The Hurt Locker” brought home six Academy Awards last Sunday, including the first directing honor for a female filmmaker and best picture.  This little seen film knocked “Avatar” out of the top spots which was a shocker to a lot of people.  After the awards, the film earned the title of being the lowest-grossing film in modern history to capture Hollywood’s highest award.  The Academy Awards Organizers had doubled its best-picture contest to 10 movies this year with hopes to rope in more mass appeal hits. “This has been such a dream — beyond a dream — for all of us,” screenwriter and producer Mark Boal said in his best picture acceptance speech.  The films performance in the 82nd annual ceremony was higher than expected.  Along with the first two awards, the film also received honors for its original screenplay, editing, and two sound awards.  “There’s no other way to describe it. It’s the moment of a lifetime,” said Bigelow, who was only the fourth woman nominated for directing in academy history.  Many film critics argued that the movie was an inaccurate account of the military and made them look unprofessional.  Of course there will be some criticism but I personally enjoyed the movie.

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