'Hurt Locker' Wins Best Picture
Let's take a backstage look at last night's Oscar presentations.
Without any doubt, the biggest winner was "The Hurt Locker." Kathryn Bigelow made history with her win for Best Director. And the Academy disproved those who expected it to divide two top honors between Bigelow's movie and "Avatar."
NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports.
DEL BARCO: And just like that, Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to ever win an Oscar for directing. Her film also pandora jewelry collection turned out to be the Best Picture of the year. "The Hurt Locker," a suspense thriller about an American bomb squad in the Iraq war.
Ms. KATHRYN BIGELOW (Director, "The Hurt Locker"): And I'd just like to dedicate this to the women and men in the military who risk their lives on a daily basis.
Ms. And may they come home safe. Thank you.
DEL BARCO: Bigelow said her breathless thank yous and walked off buy pandora charms online stage as the orchestra pandora bracelet silver and gold began playing the song "I Am Woman." But backstage, she didnt seem to want to focus on the first female director title.
Ms. BIGELOW: I hope I'm the first of many, and of course, I'd love to just think of myself as a filmmaker. I long for the day when that modifier could be a moot point.
DEL BARCO: Bigelow also didn't answer many questions about the fact that she and her film beat out her ex husband, James Cameron, and his 3 D blockbuster "Avatar." In all, "The Hurt Locker" won six awards, including Best Original Screenplay by journalist, Mark Boal, who covered the war for Playboy magazine. Backstage, Boal was asked about being sued by Master Sergeant Jeffrey Sarver for allegedly stealing his story for the film.
DEL BARCO: This year's Best Original Song went to the theme from "Crazy Heart."
(Soundbite of song, "The Weary Kind")
Mr. RYAN BINGHAM (Musician): (Singing) And this ain't no place for the weary kind, and this ain't no place to lose your mind.
DEL BARCO: The man who starred in "Crazy Heart," Jeff Bridges, won the Leading Actor Oscar for his turn as a down and out country singer. He gave a loopy acceptance speech, thanking his family.
Mr. JEFF BRIDGES (Actor): Mom and Dad, yeah, look.
Mr. BRIDGES: Whoa. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for turning me on to such a groovy profession.
DEL BARCO: Then Bridges carried his Oscar and a glass of champagne to talk to reporters, hinting that he may even start up his own band. He promised his award would not overshadow his image as The Dude in "The Big Lebowski."
Mr. BRIDGES: No, I'm digging the dude.
Mr. BRIDGES: He's, I you know, I love him.
DEL BARCO: In winning her Leading Actress Award, Sandra Bullock seemed almost blindsided.
Ms. SANDRA BULLOCK (Actor): Did I really earn this or did I just wear you all down?
DEL BARCO: And she joked about having kissed acting legend Meryl Streep who was one of her competitors last night. Backstage, Bullock acknowledged that until her role in "The Blind Side" she was known more for her comedic characters.
Ms. deals on pandora jewelry BULLOCK: I just want to keep working on every genre that I'm allowed to, until asked to not do it anymore.
DEL BARCO: Bullock said she originally turned down the role, and she thought it was pretty funny that she won her Best Acting Award the night after she won a Razzie Award for worst performance in "All About Steve."
BULLOCK: And they'll sit, side by side, in a nice little shelf somewhere. The Razzie may be on a different shelf, lower.
DEL BARCO: Stand up comedian Mo'Nique earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her very serious turn as an abusive mother in "Precious," the film that won for best adapted screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher.
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