"The Hurt Locker" screenwriter Mark Boal took home the award for best original screenplay. The movie gives a perspective of the Iraq war that one sergeant from Michigan has claimed in a lawsuit is actually his.
When asked about it backstage, Boal said, "The screenplay is a work of fiction. It is not based on anyone's story, and that is all I have to say."
The 82nd annual Academy Awards show is over, and while there were very few surprises, "The Hurt Locker" taking best picture was one of them. Here is the full list of winners:
11:58 p.m.: Best picture goes to "The Hurt Locker"
11:55 p.m.: Best director goes to Kathryn Bigelow
We'll be keeping track of the wins, the acceptance speeches, the tears and the Alec Baldwin/Steve Martin repartee. Check back here for more throughout the night!
12:01 a.m.: It's a wrap folks. With the clock ticking, "The Hurt Locker" takes it with zero fanfare. Kathryn Bigelow, however, is double-fisting her Oscars. The producers give an appropriate shout out to the one producer banned from the ceremony, Nicolas Chartier, who you know is at home partying away.
11:55 p.m.: "The time has come ..." Kathryn Bigelow is the first female to win the best director Oscar. The award is dedicated to the men and women in the military, wishing them safe travels back.
11:52 p.m.: Great acceptance speech, including the shout out to Meryl Streep for being such a good kisser. She even made her husband, Jesse James, cry.
Best supporting actor nominee Christoph Waltz was the man for whom "Inglourious Basterds" director Quentin Tarantino had been waiting. Until Waltz "waltzed" in (Tarantino's joke, not ours), "Inglourious Basterds" was in danger of being canned.
"It wasn’t worth doing if what I wrote on the page couldn't be captured on the cinema," Tarantino said. Waltz, who isn't placing any bets on who's winning what tonight, said he blushes every time he hears that.
For him, "this is a fresh start. I’ve had a long career, and that career didn’t always go up, but it didn’t always go down either. There was nothing that really pulled me out of this somewhat mediocre puttering about. ['Inglourious Basterds'] definitely did."
Waltz is one of the favorites in the best supporting actor category, and Tarantino also may take home an Oscar tonight for best director. The filmmaker is certainly a Hollywood giant, but thus far, he says his secret to success is pretty simple.
"I just put one foot in front of the other," Tarantino said. "And so far, I haven’t tripped yet."
The star of "Precious" said she considers herself "a normal person in a fantasy world" at her Oscar debut.
"I don't believe my life," she added.
If Sandra Bullock wins for best actress, she'll have to wing the speech.
"I prepared what I had to do when I present the best cinematography," Bullock said, but nothing more.
While she's clearly the favorite to win the award, Bullock isn't letting it go to her head. "There’s always a favorite, and it’s never worked out that way," she said.
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