The Hurt Locker was expected to fare well at the Oscars, but even the team behind the Afghanistan-set feature looked like they never dreamed of doing quite as well as this. In the end, they took six Oscars, including the big two - Best Picture and Best Director, for Kathryn Bigelow (as I predicted in my Oscars preview).Amazingly, this was the first time a woman has ever won a Best Director award. The Hurt Locker also won Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Screenplay.
James Cameron could console himself with three Oscars for Avatar: Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Art Direction.
There were no surprises for the thespian awards on the night. Jeff Bridges, as widely tipped, finally won an Oscar, on this his fifth nomination, and Sandra Bullock, dressed in a silver embroidered Marchesa gown, received the Academy Award for "Best Actress".
The awards for Supporting Actor went to Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds and Supporting Actress to Mo’Nique in Precious.
One of the trickiest categories to predict, the Foreign Language Film (I hedged my bets in my predictions and made two choices), was won by The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) from Argentina. It shouldn't really be a surprise that a South American film should have such momentum in LA where there is a huge hispanic population.
Jason Reitman was widely tipped to win the adapted screenplay Oscar for his and Sheldon Turner's adaptation of Walter Kirn's novel Up In The Air, but it was Geoffrey Fletcher's adaptation of Sapphire's Precious that won out. Reitman, who is only 32 years old, has now been nominated for four Oscars - the other three being Best Director nominations for Juno and Up In the Air, and Best Picture for Up In The Air. Maybe the Academy doesn't like Canadians (he's from Montreal, originally)?