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The 2010 Academy Award Winners

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 8, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 8, 2010 |

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards were a fairly lackluster affair, highlighted perhaps by the strange white woman who Kanye’d the winner of an Oscar for a short film. Otherwise, Neil Patrick Harris’ opening number wasn’t all that thrilling, other than the fact that it was NPH; Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin were conservative and only intermittently funny; and the best presenters went to Tina Fey and Robert Downey, Jr. The night’s low point? Twilight being included in the horror-movie montage.

And Sandra Bullock. Huh? Jesus. Likable as all hell, but … oh, whatever. She’s kind of too nice to allow myself to get too bent out of shape. But SANDRA BULLOCK? Are you fucking kidding me?

It wasn’t actually as painful as I thought it’d be. And having Bullock and Bigelow win back to back, followed by The Hurt Locker for Best Picture was kind of a nice way to end the night. Put the lame jokes aside, and what the show is really about is recognizing great films, and great performers. This year’s ceremony did that, for the most part (except for the Bullock part).

And good for The Dude. Good for the fucking Dude.

Anyway, Precious won a few. Avatar won a few. But the big winner of the night was The Hurt Locker, which made less than $15 million at the box office (and had the third lowest box-office of the ten nominees). So much for the Academy’s populist streak.

Congratulations to The Hurt Locker, to Kathryn Bigelow, and to Mark Boal. I got no beef. It was, after all, Pajiba’s Best Film of 2009, too.

Oh, and suck it James Cameron.

Here Are Your Winners (in bold):

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Up in the Air
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Blind Side
District 9
A Serious Man

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabire Sadibe, Precious

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Anne Kendrick, Up in the Air
MoNique, Precious
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart

Best Achievement in Directing
Katheryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Lee Daniels, Precious
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, The Messenger
Joel and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
Pete Doctor, Tom McCarthy, Up

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Neil Blompkamp, District 9
Nick Hornby, An Education
Jesse Armstrong, Harold Manning, In the Loop
Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

Best Foreign Language Film
A Prophet
The White Ribbon
El Secreto De Sus Ojos>
The Milk of Sorrow

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells

Best Documentary
The Cove
VJ for Burma
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America
Which Way Home

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