March 7th, 2010
10:23 PM ET

Mark Boal tight-lipped about "Hurt Locker" lawsuit

"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."


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  1. udunnosquat

    Also he coined that phrase to Marl Boal. Never said he made it up.....Read the story.

    March 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. udunnosquat

    Read the original story then watch the movie. Mark Boal took liberties to disguise what he could to cheat M.Sgt. Sarver out of what he is surely entitled. Come on people your smarter than all this crap are'nt you? Besides he's been there not me and many of you. I don't want to do that job do you? Look up picture of what these bombs cause. He and other EOD guys do a very dangerous job.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hubby_in_IRAQ_for_4th_Deployment

    this smells of Jessica Lynch. Even though Jessica Lynch did NOTHING heroic....was rescued way before her fellow Soldiers
    who endured 22 days of captivity. Not sure how that happened but it's a prime example of a soldier wanting to be the center of attention. She was made out to be a hero when there was nothing heroic about her. She got a 1 million dollar book deal. Toured the country giving speeches, took gifts like cars, free tuition, gave autographs, etc... She even received a Bronze Star for her heroic deeds that I still have no knowledge of (kinda like the mysterious WMD). This Soldier that claims to be the "Real Hurt Locker" and also claims he coined that phrase gives Soldiers a bad name. I've heard my grandpa use that word...many many moons ago.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Priscilla

    Hurt Locker should be ashamed for taking both director and best picture home. Neither of which they deserved. The movie its self, only made 16 million world wide. Was taken out of theaters before it was schedule. It also has many lawsuits against it. By the time the lawsuits are done, which they will lose. All the money they made will be going to that man, and anyone else that sued them. And yet it still got OSCARS. I believe the academy is sexist. And only did this to make her and the movie feel like the underdog. The real underdog was Precious. The movie that should have won was Avatar. That was a true spectacular movie. It's one of those movies that you will remember for this rest of your life. A movie that 10, 20, 30 years from now. When you are telling your grandkids. Was one of the best movies of our days such as Titanic and Dark Knight . I hope every time Boal and Bigelow go to sleep. And they see that Oscar. It looks at them in disgust, saying you don't deserve me and never will. And I hope James Cameron with all the money he's made buys a 10 foot tall Oscar which say best picture of 2009, and puts it in his front yard. For the world to see.Because we all know that he deserved it.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. BIG HUNGRY

    Avatar was hands down ten billion times better than hurt locker. hurt locker is a disgrace to the Army as well as the rest of the us military. mark boal and that kathryn bitch both need to be sent over seas to irag so that they can experience it for real. i would give them one week and they would be begging to be sent back over here to the states. i bet there is a scandal involved in the oscars associated with hurt locker

    March 9, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hubby_in_IRAQ_for_4th_Deployment

    The way I see this soldier is out for Money. Plain and Simple. Reporters are imbedded with units ALL the time. The ONLY reason this soldier is even sueing is because he's just plain greedy and needs to be the center of attention. He is NOT the only soldier in the Military. It sad and ridiculous that he believes this story is only about him. Thousands and Thousands of men and women fight for this country EVERYDAY. So that means that EVERY screenplay or movie about war or military (ie...Full Metal Jacket, Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan, Pearl Harbor...and so on) should give every soldier in the US Military royalties....NOT! That movie has been out for over a year...just as Oscars are happening and he realizes the movie is gonna make money, he sues. So I guess we should sue every reporter for royalties everytime they write a 'story' about war based on being with a unit during wartime. Oh wait I just thought of something else....I should get an attorney and call up "Lifetime" Network and sue them for the show Army Wives cause I swear that show is about me....They stole it..NOT!

    March 9, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. RG

    Folks the truth about the controvery is Boals went to Iraq to do research for a story. He didn't just write about a soldiers life. He stole the writings of a soldier previously writen by that soldier. Then he made some minor changes to try to prevent himself from being sued.

    But this isn't the only reason I didn't like this movie. It just plainly sucked. The Acadamy is a bunch of political saps that should not be taken seriously. So show you disgust by simple not watching next years awards. Let the ratings drop. They shouldn't be taken seriously.

    Hurt Locker not only shouldn't have won but it shouldn't have been nominated. Avatar was good but it too shouldn't have won. I liked it but it was just Sci-Fi CGI Pocohanas. James Camern's Films are like that. Exciting, lots of cool things to look at, but no plot at all. Bastards could have won but I think Crazy Heart was the best.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. RG

    How was this film even nominated? How did they win so may awards including "Best Picture" or "Best Original Screenplay"? ! ? Besides the contraversial issues that came up before the ceremony which is just an attempt to slander each other to get the majority vote the movie was aweful! A film about soldiers defusing bombs that is predictible dosn't work. Every scene when an IED went off shifted to a camera angle in an attempt to create a spectaular visual effect. You can see it coming from a mile away. In the beginning when Guy Pierce's chracter was killed at that point I thought that this could be good. You'll never expect what's happening next but as the story plays out with a few undertalented no-name actors when Ralph Fines shows up you know it's just another cameo and his charatcer is going to bite it soon as well. The scenes that were a surpise were long drawn out boring and completely uneventful. Shock of a bad screenplay, editting, and directing was the surprise. But they were awarded for every one of those catagories. BIg question,"Why?"! Acadamy soldier sucking, the new voting process who knows. Well what can I say? I shouldn't be surprised. Keven Cosner has more Oscars than Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorses, and Quinton Taratino combined. So why take this award so seriously? Only because we are now going to have to endure more films like this as such that will be made about sensitive subject matter only to gain alcaim and avoid harsh critizism. This production in my opinion is lower than dirt. In the future I wouldn't watch Mark Boals or James Camern's Ex's cartoons.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Vincent

    Usually the Hurt Locker supporters are Avatar bashers.

    The human army in Avatar were an "army for hire" and under contract by some big corporation to make sure orders were followed. Maybe some of you should realize that before saying it was "anti-American" which it is not. It's just a movie that shows a side of our humanity. Besides, it's not anti-War either since the Na'vi are warriors, the movie was building for a war, and the next Avatar is said to be an all-out War. Stop being judgemental. I liked Hurt Locker (as overexaggerated with Hollywood BS as it was), I loved Avatar and I can see why both movies got their nominations but I think there may have been some Hollywood politics and hidden agendas involved in the voting process that may have given over-credited some values and undervalued others in both movies.

    And I know soldiers have to follow orders and it's treason going against your own people but killing people that just want to live life peacefully is OK? Of course the Na'Vi went to war and whatnot but that's after just cause, which says there is a time to go up in arms. So no it's not anti-War.

    Maybe what some of you didn't get from that movie was the value in the world. Jake and the other Scientists bonded with the Na'Vi just like the main character in HL bonded with that little boy. Yeah, there is an enemy out there but we also have friends out there too if you try to understand them.

    Still, Avatar should have got best picture and Hurt Locker can keep Best Director. It would have been good for the feminists, but also showed that HL needed a little more work so that eventually we get the kind of quality war movie that most of us can agree on as being a great piece of work.

    March 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scott Milener

    Hurt Locker was only good, not great. The story did not go anywhere, just a few random bomb scenes and a ridiculously long sniper scene. If this passes for best picture, it says no truly good movies came out in all of '09.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robert

    This was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Spice World had a better plot. The fact that this movie won best picture does not surprise me, the academy doesnt know its head from its ass. People who like this movie support the Film Actors Guild.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fed up

    A movie about one more legacy left to us by the GOP and Bush administration. Not one single WMD was found, and what's this crap about "Mission Accomplished"? I hope that everyone will remember that it was the GOP that dragged us into the mess.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brian

    Farah Fawcett was a TV actress not a Film actress. That is why she was not honored at the Academy Awards which are for films not tv shows. Watch the golden globes or the emmy's if you want a tribute to her

    March 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ikon Rahu

    Big F-ing joke when these people say they are fighting for my freedom – which one? The right to free speech? The right to a speedy trial? The right to a trial by jury? The right to counsel? The right to due process? Look at all the wrongful convictions and executions and incarcerations that occur in this country and I guarantee that they are not fighting for those. They're fighting for their right to have a job and get benefits and spend our trillions of dollars on corporate war machine. How about my right to life, libertty and happiness – with some health care to survive posst-industrial global economics. It's all entertainment folks. You don't have power or knowledge.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Henry

    I despised that movie with a passion, which is besides the point for this particular topic but I needed to say. Whoever the guy is who is claiming that the story was stolen from his "real life" experience is iraq is clearly lying because there has never been an eod soldier who has had an experience close to that movie.
    Not that I'm defending the screenwriter, if he was an embedded reporter he was not paying very close attention. I think what irritated me the most about the movie was how lazy it was. It would have been easy to make a very good movie with the same themes, without having to incorporate the rediculous situations, and fabricating drama from completely undramatic situations. I honestly don't know why they chose to make such a crappy movie, maybe they thought that was what the public wanted to see.
    Just like the military the Oscars have now lowered there standards to allow women to participate.
    Gotta go, real soldier work to do.
    via afghanistan

    March 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  16. ted

    okay..i normally do not entertain these sort of things–but, since I am a Soldiers (by the way–the word "Soldier" is capitalized for all the non-military speaking idiots out there–speaking about the idiots who have to get a word in on everything–when, in reality, are totally clueless as to the nature of their argument)...I recently returned from Iraq...I have always said that America is NOT at war..meaning the people....so much of the nation is caught up in what kind of purse Britney is carrying or if police have found Paris Hilton's dog....it is so sad that when a servicemember's name runs across the screen in memoriam, it almost seems the norm. But when the BREAKING NEWS comes on about Britney exposing her crotch, the world STOPS! People need to remember that each person who gave their life for a war had their own personality, name, qualities. Some had families, children! They are not just a number! If you are asking what this has to do with the "Hurt Locker" it has a lot do with it....Hollywood, the media, cotinues to do what they do best...show people what they think they need to see or hear, rather than what REALLY goes on in a war! The gentleman makes perfect sense when he said it is impossible to understand what a Soldier goes through unless you do it yourself. People fear what they do not understand. I accept that–people are ignorant–what I do not accept or stand for is people's lack of willingness to even acknowledge there are people dying! It seems as if many need to be reminded that it is what we are doing that gives you the RIGHT and SAFETY to sleep at night! But then again, as many have stated....this is America.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Hollywoodaholic

    The families of the fishermen who perished in the real-life story that became "The Perfect Storm" sued Warner Brothers for "misappropriation of character." They lost. And there was no question who the story was about. The Sgt. here would probably face the same situation. The best he can hope for is to sell his own book.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Cynthia

    My husband is a war vet of both Iraq and Afghanistan, he describe to me in watching "The Hurt Locker" was like being there again, beyond just a movie it was like you were there, with them. However in watching it seeing the characters in the movie and also knowing that the screen writer Mark Boal was actually allowed to shadow the unit and see what they did first hand it is very clear he based the screen play and characters off of the actual soliders and events in which he was privilaged enough to be allowed to have access too. My Husband stated no one in Hollywood can write something like unless you have first hand information or experience or unless YOU ARE A SOLIDER in that unit. It is not a work of fiction, the war going on is real and Mark Boal needs to own up and give credit where the credit is due and that is to the UNIT he was with, I find it very hard to believe he just woke up one day and had this story inside his head. He based this off real life events and should have been upfront and gotten releases from the soliders within the unit when he was with them it is my understanding he did not. There is also an issue of the events in the movie if they were re-created and if the military had them classified as top secret then he is going be paying the piper on that end too.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Nha

    @Alicia
    "The main guy acts reckless, unstable, a bad father and so forth, but people think that the solider that is suing is like that, but he is not he is also sue for emotional damage to his repuatopn"

    What you say completely supports the idea that the character is fictional and has nothing to do with the real soldier, so what emotional damage are we talking about if he is not like that (as you mention), what reputation if his name is not even mentioned?

    I think his reputation got at stake for filing a lawsuit and claiming to be center of story of a reckless soldier, with issues to adapt to society , and his only interest is being in war

    March 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  20. wendy

    Mike H. March 8th, 2010 12:33 am ET

    Everyone is trying to make a dollar off someone else rather than trying to earn it. That's today's America courtesy of Republican political philosophy.

    Mike H –
    – i think you meant to say DEMOCRATIC political philosophy...

    March 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Champ

    I don't understand why everyone is mad that Hurt Locker was unrealistic of war. So was Inglorious Basterds, which was also about war. I can only assume everyone was mad because one was about a war more than 60 years ago and the other is about a war going on now. Whether the writer ripped someone off or not he said it's a fictional story and isn't trying to pass it off as the truth, but rather trying to make a point about how war can be addicting. I would assume it's a similar rush to someone skydiving or bungy jumping, but I wouldn't know.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  22. brian

    i have to agree with Matt, although I still think avatar was a good movie....but there are actual messages to be heard from the hurt locker, avatar is simply a fantasy remake of something that happened already in our history. avatar dazzles the screen bc of its insane cgi effects , but i mean honestly should a movie that had the actors/actresses barely actually ACT be considered for best movie? avatar had no message or point. the actors barely even acted in it as it was all computer enhanced effects. and the story was ripped off of other movies and an actual even in history....so explain why it should win best movie? i think it should have won every technical award bc the technology and innovation was there for sure.....but not best movie....hurt locker had messages to be interpreted, it was BASED on real life events (whether or not it is the most realistic depiction of the war in iraq is meaningless bc the highhhh majority of ppl wathcing it have NO IDEA WAT IRAQ IS LIKE. at the very least it gives insight to ppl at home that have no idea what it is like eveyr day for these soldiers...whether or not the story / characters/ blah blah are real is unimportant, but the stress, side effects, comroderie , panic, etc etc are all real. hurt locker was an original idea (never seen a war movie OR documentary on bomb disarming squads in middle east) and had meaning. and for a war movie that is somewhat lacking in action, i think the actors did a pretty good job. therefore, it won over avatar.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Ken

    If indeed this is the story of an actual service person, Hurt Locker becomes a documentary. As such it should have been in the documentaries group to be beaten by The Cove. The movie was interesting but by NO means the best picture.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Donnie

    Watch Generation Kill for the real Iraq experience.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Ben

    This movie was good, but in the end I'm not convinced that it deserved Best Picture or Best Original Screenplay.

    People keep saying that Avatar didn't deserve Best Picture because it ripped off other movies or because the dialog wasn't fantastic, and to a point I agree. However, regardless of its predictability or silly lines, I cannot deny the fact that when I was sitting in the theater watching this movie I felt like I was there. I felt like I was on another world witnessing these amazing and sometimes horrifying events. The effect it had on an emotional level simply because of the pure spectacle of it was overwhelming at times, and there's something to be said for that. The Hurt Locker, while definitely intense at times... but the end you're just left thinking, "Wow, war sucks" or as one friend I saw it with put it, "Well, that just happened." Also complain all you want about Avatar's plot, but at least it has one. The Hurt Locker is just a series of intense events... there's no resolution, no moral, and ultimately no point except to make us appreciate the people that willingly give their lives to serve their country (which I don't need a movie for, honestly). Now, I'm not saying that Avatar necessarily should have won... I haven't seen all of the other nominees... but it should have won over The Hurt Locker for Best Picture for sure.

    Screenplay should have gone to Up or Inglourious Basterds.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Matt

    Honestly, after reading all of these comments, you all have to be one of the biggest groups of idiots on the internet. Arguing over whether or not he ripped off the story isn't relevant, if the solider helped with the writing process, that he deserves credit. If he didn't, then he doesn't deserve credit. All good fiction comes from real life.
    Also, Avatar was complete and utter trash compared to this film, how "truthful" The Hurt Locker was doesn't real matter, because it painted a horrifying picture of war and its side effects that DO EXIST. If it captures audiences and makes them think, that it has done its purpose as thoughtful entertainment. To believe that this amount of stupidity is coming from a group of adults is honestly terrifying.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Matt

    Honestly, after reading all of these comments, you all have to be one of the biggest groups of idiots on the internet. Arguing over whether or not he ripped off the story isn't relavent, if the solider helped with the writing process, that he deserves credit. If he didn't, then he doesn't deserve credit. All good fiction comes from real life.
    Also, Avatar was complete and utter trash compared to this film, how "truthful" The Hurt Locker was doesn't reall matter, because it painted a horrifying picture of war and its side effects that DO EXIST. If it captures audiences and makes them think, that it has done its purpose as thoughtful entertianment. To beleive that this amount of stupidity is coming from a group of adults is honestly terrifying.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  28. brian

    selection for best movie isnt based upon which movie has the highest profit or best technology, it's about many many things. these voters take alot of details into consideration, so stop saying avatar should have blindly won...its a rip off of pocahontis and the movie dances with wolves...it was amazing to watch, esp. in 3D, but hurt locker had a better message. both movies were good, no one overlooked either movie, you all make yourselves sound unintelligent by some of these comments being posted.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Bill

    I cannot understand how a movie that grossed over 1BILLION and has set new standards for film making can be overlooked for a film that barely has grossed a mere $30 M. OK, I get having the first woman win for Best Director, but that doesn't deserve the film getting Best Picture...No wonder the ratings for the Oscars has gone down for the past several years. Thanks to Avatar "Alice in Wonderland" opened up this past weekend and grossed $ 116 M. That is huge!!! If Avatar hadn't raised the bar in filmmaking by being shown in IMAX or 3D or HD, Alice in Wonderland wouldn't have had such a strong opening weekend. I just don't remember Hurt Locker being shown in IMAX or 3D. I do remember it being shown last summer for a short time and then disappearing until the Oscars were announced. Hmmm food for thought. Politics still reigns in Hollywood!!! Remember last year when that Bombay, India film won for Best Picture..what a loser of a film that was...

    March 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  30. brian

    first of all, both hurt locker and avatar were great movies. I really enjoyed the 'new technology' portrayed in avatar, but that was it...the story has been done in dances with wolves, and for anyone that knows their history, it is THE EXACT STORY of pocahontis. EXACT.
    as for the hurt locker, some war movies have too much going on , others not enough, i think this movie balanced action and suspense with drama and perspective. Its hard to make war movies i would imagine bc the ppl making them have not experienced any wars or events surrounding them. even if someone is an embedded journalist doenst make them an expert, they still havent LIVED what these soldiers do day in and day out. as for the legitimacy of it, thats for you to decide on your own. in terms of this movie winning bc of political agendas etc. , i can definitely see that. like osmeone said earlier, its pro war, female director, etc. blah blah....i think the hurt locker deserved this win over avatar bc its an original story, stolen or not. im also biased bc i happen to like war movies...ppl need to go beyond "this isnt real im pissed off bc its not like this" and realize the undertones the movie suggests. i think its good they make these movies so ppl , like myself, who will never see iraq or any service, can at least TRY to understand the stress and insanity associated with being over there. dont dwell on specifics, try to see the big picture. the movie deserved the win, i dont know about best director tho.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Retired MSgt

    Mr. Boal, if you have nothing to hide, being "tight lipped" about the situation just makes people have to guess about the truth. If the sergeant in question is making false accusations, come out and say so with your proof...if not, we just keep guessing and it just makes you look worse.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Victor

    What! This year Oscar is for B s.
    Bigelow, Bridges, Bullock and Boats.

    Bictor oops Victor
    Hartsdale

    March 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Tim

    Thought the movie was interesting, but kind of boring – certainly not a contender for best movie of the year. Avatar was robbed.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Johnnyr51

    Agreeing with many of the naysayers: Hurt Locker was not exemplary, was not realisitic, was not deserving of the award. Avatar was obviously overlooked, or should I say snubbed precisely because of its technical mastery and financial success. The sympathy vote for Hurt Locker's small take at the box office and it's female director combined with a reticence by the voting members to give Cameron ANOTHER
    trophy/billions of dollars victory sent the tropphy where it wasn't deserved. It was an emotional reactive vote not one based on the succesful filmmaking – financial and artisitic.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Chrissy

    Although I didn't read the Playboy story of read the news reports, including details, of this.
    I agree with notBoal. Boal ripped the guy off. How hard would it have been to credit the guy and pay him as a technical consultant?
    Geeze,

    March 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Mike

    So we have some people claiming this movie is the story of a real soldier but other people saying that it doesn't work like that in real life?

    Someone must be full of it.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  37. MelTookine

    EricLR: Did you watch (and pay attention) to Avatar? The men you call "Marines" in the movie aren't Marines. They are mercenaries, most of which happen to be former military personnel. Think along the lines of Blackwater, etc. They were hired by the mining corporation to secure the mining areas and subdue the locals.

    Stop waving your flag so blindly and pay attention before you shoot your mouth off. It makes you look stupid even though I understand the sentiment and patriotism you were trying to convey.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Laurie

    It won..it should have..Thank God.... Avatar sucked

    March 8, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Bert

    The real life call sign of the soldier sueing Boal is "Blaster One". The call sign of the main character in the movie is also "Blaster One". Boal cannot say it is all fictional. At least he should be man enough to give credit to the soldier(s) he was embedded with. They inspired him after all, so why not share some of the spoils? Oh, I forgot, that is socialism...

    March 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  40. BLUEGREEN2401

    I found the movie entertaining and I don't know where some of the military has been, but yes soldiers do drink in theater, not exactly easy to do but it happens, aside from that it is really up to the EOD members to bash. The way people act with superiors on deployment is different too, stress levels are way up and the last thing juniors should deal with is being up tight and walking on egg shells around superiors like they do in garrison. The criticism is coming from circumstantial views.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Sam

    I have some doubts about the legitimacy of the Army Sergeant's claim that Boal's screenplay for the Hurt Locker was ripped off. This same guy also claims that he coined the phrase "hurt locker", yet a search through military records and citations of EOD units shows that the phrase has been in use since the mid 1960s. I also don't care about the so-called political agenda that some have attributed to this movie, and as a retired Army officer I'm not all that hyped up about perceived inaccuracy either. The movie was a semi-fictional portrayal of characters in a war. Strange things happen during wars, and the policy decisions or actions that led up to that war aren't really relevant to the story here, so you naysayers really need to get over your sense of self-importance and quit trying to be Monday morning Roger Eberts.

    As for those of you who claim that Avatar should have won best picture or was a better movie than the Hurt Locker: grow up or get over it! Most of you and your ignorant remarks are acting just like the teenage girls who swooned over another James Cameron film-Titanic. Granted, Avatar has stellar special effects but special effects alone do not make a best picture...especially when the plot is derivative of other films like Dances with Wolves-which was also a better film than Avatar. Don't try to make this film into some sort of study on the human condition-better films than this have already done that.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Alicia

    if you would read the article and look at the movie it similar. The main guy acts reckless, unstable, a bad father and so forth, but people think that the solider that is suing is like that, but he is not he is also sue for emotional damage to his repuatopn. don't assume he is doing these for the money and acts like that main guy cause he not. he would have just been fine if he gotten at least credit and sayed that not how the solider would or inspired by a true story, something along those line. So he has every right to sue so don't judge without the facts. My brother is in the army and if would act like that in real life you would be kicked and court martial. don't forget this the militray they take insubordination pretty seriously.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Filmstudent2010

    Being a film student in my senior year of college I can honestly say that I was disappointed in the awards last night. I've seen both "The Hurt Locker" and "Avatar". I fell asleep on "The Hurt Locker" the first two nights I rented it. When I saw "Avatar" I was flabbergasted. Being a Cameron fan, I think that last night was a slap in his face. "The Hurt Locker” was a good movie, but to say it deserved Best Picture and Best Director is a bit much. I don't believe that Boal ripped this guy off. I really believe that this screenplay was original. Then again, everytime something blows up, lawsuits begin to fly and then you never know who is telling the truth. That award show was so political. The only reason Bigelow won is because she's a female and a female has never won Best Director before. The only reason the film won Best Picture is because it was a major success with critics and because Bigelow was the Director. It would look really crazy to give Cameron Best Picture and he didn't win Best Director. Also, I'm tired of people saying that "Avatar" is a rip-off of so many other films. Sure, what happens with him fighting for the native Navi has been done before but then again, what hasn't? We live in a world with only so many ideas, its all about how you play them. Also, if you're going to downplay "Avatar" in your comment please spell it right @ Scott Howlett.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  44. steve

    its a freakin movie people. get a life. did you enjoy it should be the only question. I loved both Hurt Locker and Avatar. The one knock on Avatar is that it's a rehashed story thats been told before. The awards that it won were deserved because its a visual movie with a common story.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Nick

    How honest can the Soldier be if he's waiting until after the Oscars to Sue? Why not just ask the film makers for a credit an be done with it? Oh wait, this is America.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Pete

    All of Hollywood is fictional, whether or not the story is inspired by true events. Let's just keep in mind that movies are made to entertain us. Every once in a while they are made and we take something unexpected from them. In some cases they make us think about the issues we face as a society. But ultimately, movies are made to entertain us. I don't think many of us could deal with the real atrocities of war; it is not an entertaining subject. Most war movies try to show us a glimpse of what these brave men and women go through day in and day out. But that's all they can show us, just a glimpse. And I am thankful to the directors who have come close to letting us see a little more than we are accustomed to seeing. We really don't want to see the realities of war, do we?

    The Hurt Locker is a drama. No one should be claiming the story is real. I do believe the story was inspired by the soldier claiming the story is his. I believe Boal may have used the soldier as the inspiration, but let's give him some credit for creating the drama surrounding the inspiration. I've read a couple of posts here by vets stating that some of the actions portrayed by the actors would land them in jail or are just too wild to be believable. I trust their words to be true. It is for this reason I can't completely believe the solder. He can say that he was the inspiration, but I highly doubt this is his story. If we are going to the movies expecting to see reality, then we are wasting our time and money. You go to the movies to be entertained, and that should be enough.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  47. EricLR

    For those of you calling The Hurt Locker unpatriotic, while lauding Avatar as fun–uh, you do realize that the last 1/3 of Avatar features a traitorous Marine who defects and joins a foreign army to help kill Marines (quite successfully), right?

    I mean, the lead character of Avatar commits about the most offensive form of treason and betrayal possible to any soldier, Marine, or even citizen. And a lot of his fellow Marines die as a result of his treason. You're cool with *that*, but have a problem with a movie about an Iraq soldier shown drinking and acting recklessly? Really?

    March 8, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  48. Spurt

    Hurt lock was Pro War
    Avatar was Anti War

    Avatar couldn't win it wouldn't be Patriotic to choose Anti War or Pro War.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  49. John G

    It was supposed to be a work of fiction, not a documentary. There was never any expectation of this being an autobiographical work, so how can the dude claim intellectual property rights. This was supposed to be entertainment, just like Rambo, 24, the Unit, CSI, etc, and other perversions of actual missions,

    March 8, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  50. Osborne Frank

    I agree with Jacob people who never served have no idea what we go through and the pain it brings back when they glorify war and not pay proper respects to the military(killed in action, wounded in action, missing in action) It's sad that the solider didn't get any credit from the director, writer or actors. I hope the pentagon remembers that the next time a journalist wants to be embedded with the military. BUNCH OF THEIVES....I don't know if the solider should be paid but he should be at least acknowlege.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  51. steve jackson

    this movie winning was political...woman director (they get their history), topic was iraq war (a liberal fav) and the military are protrayed as wreckless cowboys...surprise surprise.

    I have never understood Hollywood...How do you direct the single most successful movie is history with technology you invented and not get best director or picture.

    And Im sorry but Mo'Nique and OSCAR AWARD WINNING do not belong in the same sentence.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  52. plumto1

    I suggest the sergeant in question stop whining and instead begin work on "his own" screen play. Suing someone else to make money has become a disgusting part of modern Americana. Boal did the research, the writing and then went on to "find" someone interested in "his" work. The sergeant is already being paid, by the government, for doing "his" work. Boal got paid for doing "his" work. EOS!

    March 8, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  53. Jennie

    from Stayton March 8th, 2010 12:35 am ET:

    "Folks may not like this but...Mark is Jewish, do you really think he is going to strike a fair deal with those that inspired the story when there is more in it for himself if he takes full credit"

    To say that your wife is Jewish does not make it okay to use anti-Semitic stereotypes....

    How does it further the conversation to say that he is Jewish? Does that help us to understand what may be going on in this situation? I think that a comment like that only serves to pray on historical stereotypes about Jewish people and takes away from the merits of an actual discussion.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  54. fedoraguy

    This kind of thing happens in Hollywood all the time......................someone has a story that somehow, some way, ends up getting made into a movie and they don't gat credit. Anyone remember Coming To America?? Art Buchwald wrote that movie, submitted the screenplay, was rejected, and then 95% of his script showed up on screen. Hollywood is anything to make a buck.................better believe................

    March 8, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  55. plumto1

    I suggest the sergeant in question write his own screen play. Suing someone else for work "they did" has become a disgusting piece of modern Americana. Boal did all (repeat: ALL) the work req

    March 8, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  56. Mike

    The Academy membership skew older, and they don't reward 'popular' films when a more 'worthy' film is available. They don't reward 'Star Wars' when 'Annie Hall' is also nominated. So it is with 'Avatar' and 'Hurt Locker'.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  57. Hollywoodaholic

    Boal based his story and character on a real soldier and unit he was embedded with in Iraq. What a shock. That's what writer's do. They're the one's disciplined enough to put it down into an entertaining format. And then the whiners come out of the woodwork when the piece gets attention and is successful.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  58. Indyswimmer66

    But Bush told us it WAS about WMD's.... then... oops, none of those... then...Al Qaeda... woops... none of those there... to begin with. Gee... I'm still confused, why is again that we invaded a soverign country, spent Trillions... got thousands of Americans and Iraqi's killed/maimed??? Oh yes, that"s right... WMD's, Al Qaeda...

    March 8, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  59. Eric

    Those of you saying the soldier in the lawsuit is just trying to be greedy and cash in on someone else's work...

    uh, that is EXACTLY what Boal did. All he had to do was acknowledge the soldier in the credits and he avoids a lawsuit. And now he won't even admit he stole the majority of the ideas in that movie from this ONE soldier. Boal is the liar and the greedy opportunist here.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  60. Jessica

    I dont get it – how can some guy claim this was his real life, while others are claming this is a horrible piece of fiction that doesnt represent what actually happened.

    Which is it?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  61. Steven

    worst Oscar ceremony I have seen in the last 47 years

    1st of all

    THE HURT LOCKER...AS A MOVIE, FROM A MOVIE GUYS PERSPECTIVE...

    SUCKED

    IT WAS GOD AWEFUL JUST AS FAR AS FILM GOES
    IT WAS BORING
    THE LEAD ACTOR OVERACTED COPMPLETELY
    IT WAS POINTLESS

    I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO SHOCKED BY SUCK INCOMPETENCE AND OR CORRUPTION IN HOLLYWOOD

    THIS WAS A POLICAL NMOVE MOTIVATED BY THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT AND IT REEKS OF A LACK OF INTEGRITY!!!

    AVATAR, INGOLORIOUS BASTERDS, AND EVEN LAW ABIDING CITIZEN WHICH WASNL;T EVEN NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE WERE ALL INFINTLEY MORE ENTERTAINING AS PIECES THAN THIS PIECE OF CRAP WAS

    March 8, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  62. Chris

    I'm pretty sure the Academy committee didn't take the time to see Avatar.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  63. Get serious

    This is a political, fictionalized, highly riddled with errors typical Hollyweird war movie.
    If you want the truth ask a vet what they think of the movie and look in thier eyes....then thank them for serving.
    I am so sick of this...all the morons start shrieking Abu Gharib of Gitmo...do any of you fool realize that Hussein murdered at least as many people as Hilter murdered Jews? Or doesn't it matter to you that Hussein's victims were also muslim?
    The ONLY reason this film got best award was that a WOMAN directed it and the idea was STOLEN by the writer....
    There are alwasy a few bad apples. Hollyweird always focuses on those because the cannot fathom in their twisted little minds most of our service people are strong, courageous and ethical.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  64. jim

    John: Good call on Feiger, I wouldn't pi$$ on him if he were on fire.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  65. beast

    Dude...This guy is lying...He ripped off the story and refuses to give credit where credit is due...This movie is a poor representation of tactics employed by EOD Units or any other unit in Iraq...It is a good representation about camaraderie and the vibe that goes on after a firefight...This is not a great war movie...Patton was a great war movie, Von Ryans Express was a good war movie, Apocalypse Now is the greatest war movie ever made next to Platoon...Dirty Dozen, Where Eagles Dare, In Harms Way were all better fictional war movies... Oh yea don't forget the Battle of the Bulge or Saving Private Ryan...Don't forget Heartbreak Ridge, Full Metal Jacket, the Battle of Britain all better movies than this one...Hurt Locker was an ok movie about the war in Iraq however the series: "Over There" was a million times better...Someone should have done a war movie on the atrocities of Abu Ghraib but they don't have the guts to show the CIA training a handful of US army retards...

    March 8, 2010 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  66. Janas

    opps! It is so weird that Avatar just get three awards. Obviously, Avatar shows a great human-nature spirit which can help us-all the human beings to think about our behavior affcting our coming future. And it also means a lot during the development of the video technology which opens a new 3-D movie time, so no movie would get a greatly attention and a huge box-office if it is not a 3-D moive.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  67. John

    Whitey* Bulger. Sorry, typo.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  68. John

    Since when do you have to pay someone for basing a work of fiction off them? "Primary Colors" was influenced by Bill Clinton - a real person - but was a fictional account with fake names. "The Departed" had a mob character based on White Bulger. Hannibal Lecter was based on a variety of real-life serial killers. Last I checked, neither the serial killers nor the victims' families were ever paid a dime for the movie. Boal was an embedded reporter. I'm a journalist and I would be too scared to be embedded. It's a life-or-death job in itself. He takes in the surroundings from what he sees. Picks up on the lingo, images, situations and makes a story out of it. Attorney Geoffrey Feiger is a scumbag. He's from my state. I should know. He defends cop-killing teens and chases ambulances and headlines.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  69. Just a couple of points...

    Has it occurred to anyone that the soldiers who review/discuss The Hurt Locker always talk about how inaccurate and unrealistic it is? There are some comments like that in this blog and on the amazon.com review page for the dvd. I think that lends some credence to the idea that the story is (at least in part) fictional.

    The other thing that's a bit fishy is that the soldier who's suing Boal only filed the suit in the last month- the movie was released in January 2009. Why wait over a year to make this claim? Oh wait, the movie got nominated for a bunch of Oscars...

    March 8, 2010 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  70. Eric

    Scott–maybe you didn't see the book The Three Trillion Dollar War? I heard an interview today with the author who says that he needs to rename it The Four Trillion Dollar War. Who is going to pay for the tens of thousands of injured GIs (like the ones in the film?) who are so injured that they will NEVER be able to be productive citizens for the rest of their lives? You and me and our children and their children, that's who.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  71. KP

    This soldier's claim that Boal "stole" his life.... just as the movie is about to reap big awards smells of BS worse that what my dog leaves behind after he gets into the LiverSnap box.

    Another loser claiming foul in order to cash in on someone else's work. Hurt Locker came out early in '09. The soldier saw a preview and complimented Boal on his work. And he waits until it gains major recognition to claim foul?

    Sour grapes to me.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  72. flatbread

    scott,

    read the book by Stiglitz...the wars will cost 2-3 trillion, and more..

    March 8, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  73. Kelsey

    No way will the guy admit he stole the story from the guy if he's American. Sadly the country I grew up living in and loving is going down hill and everyone's out to make money off other people without giving them credit. Nowadays, that's the true American way sadly.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  74. Gerald

    Hollywood has yet to get it right when telling the story of the soldier or Marine serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. I've served twice in Iraq and am currently in Afghanistan. The so-called realism in Hurt Locker that Hollywood is gushing over is a joke. It was somewhat entertaining but it's definitely not plausible.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  75. abo

    Boal: Shrewd, Cunning...and a THIEF!

    March 8, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  76. Julie

    Hurt Locker was a such terrible movie! TERRIBLE and UNREALISTIC. I'm very offended due to the fact that all of men in my entire family history have been in military. You just cant make a movie about something like that when you haven't walked a mile in these brave soldiers' shoes before.

    I would be fine if it went to other ones that was more fitting for the title but Hurt Locker??? Its a movie that we will all forget in 10 years while Avatar, District 9, and Inglourious basterd will never be forgotten.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  77. daspoo

    STORYBURN
    "Great movie about an awful topic. We should be so embarrased by the trillions we spent in Iraq and are spending in Afghanistan. We are not stopping al Qaeda one lick"

    We really should be embarrased that people like you live under the protection of the people that ARE stopping terrorist from visiting your front doorstep. That is what makes this country great... you get to be stupid and no one will kill you for it.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  78. Fraud

    guy gets an Oscar off of stolen honor and story

    March 8, 2010 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  79. Stayton

    @M David: Okay – I gotta let you in on a secret...my wife is Jewish and tells me these things all of the time, with a smile on her face.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  80. WADE

    Soldiers stories have been ripped off (I just retired from the Army after 22 years) since motion pictures got the Idea of the war epic. It sells a product (just look at "Black Hawk Down") to make certain people millionaires...etc. Sad none of them had to do any of the fighting to "set the stage" sort of speak, and create an original story of their own. Now wouldn't that be something. Oh yeah, we do have those kinds of people around.....their called "combat photo journalists" in the Army. We give all the credit to the men and women who serve, and get paid every 2 weeks a basic paycheck. I hope this jerk gets taken to the house, and cleaned out. "Only the dead have seen the end of war." -Plato

    March 8, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  81. Filmer

    Calm down, people. Great films attract controversy. Half-animated cartoons with undertow love stories are a dime a dozen. The Hurt Locker, whether real or not, takes a moment in our time and wraps a plausible story around it. That's all it does. It sends one message: War is a drug. Now, everyone wants to tout Avatar as the great story of much bigger messages, from how the west was won to how we should treat others different that us. If that is the case, take the message: War is a drug and lay that against the political climate of today. Add to it that the war has always been a drug for the power mad US, and you have depth and true ramifications. I don't care how much the sunk into Avatar, it's a trite run and trying to make too many points. And it doesn't carry the weight of HL.

    March 8, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  82. Stayton

    @M David: Uh...Look at Hollywood...

    March 8, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  83. M David

    Gee, Staton you may not like this, but you are clearly a raging antisemite. Go away and leave us civilized people alone.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  84. eeller

    "Everyone is trying to make a dollar off someone else rather than trying to earn it. That's today's America courtesy of Republican political philosophy".
    How is that a Republican Party Philosophy? I think it's more like take no responsibility for your own deeds, and where's the line for all the handouts. No one needs be responsible for themselves. Definately a Democratic Party theme!

    March 8, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  85. Stayton

    @Bluebird: Life's experience

    March 8, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  86. chris

    The Hur........zzzzzzzzzzz, what huh Avatar is on, awesome.

    I saw both movies and while The Hurt Locker was ok the acting was mediocre, and the plot was ridiculous at points.

    Avatar was simply a great expierence that ill remember forever, especially when the DVD is released.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  87. Scott

    @Shawn so what part about what i said needs to be researched? Nothing I said was incorrect... your statement on the other hand was. Sorry pal, I was just pointing out your misconceptions.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  88. Winton

    I believe many people can and do see themselves in movies that depict real life. This just proves how good this movie truly is.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  89. bluebird

    Stayton,
    Folks do not like what you say, but you are a fool and a racist, so no one gives a shite what you think...
    only you Stayton, care about Stayton.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  90. Maven

    Obviously, some of you are just bitter, angry people who can't stand the idea of anyone else being successful. The simple fact is that no soldier in their right mind would willingly claim to have behaved in the manner of the soldiers in "The Hurt Locker"... unless, of course, they thought they could extort money out of the people who made the movie. In real live, you'd get a DD'd at best, and court-martialed at worst if you did the things shown in "The Hurt Locker". So why, exactly, is this guy so eager to claim credit for doing things that would easily get him discharged? Oh, yeah. Money.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  91. Shawn

    Scott – you need to do your research. I would start with Google. According to many websites there has been over a trillion dollars allocated by Congress towards Iraq and Afghanistan. Maybe not trillions with an s but we are over a trillion dollars already and we haven't left yet.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  92. Bill

    This is Hollywood-at-work. Nothing about reality. Those of us old enough to remember – it used to be called "propaganda". It is all about selling tickets & $7 pop corn & cokes. At least Avatar was a fairy-tale that no one would believe. Hurt Locker is a fairy-tale that nimrods in Academy seem to have bought-into. PROPAGANDA always wins the heart of Academy voters. Goofy. At least Avatar was listed as "Fantasy" – as Hurt Locker should have been...

    March 8, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  93. Stayton

    Folks may not like this but...Mark is Jewish, do you really think he is going to strike a fair deal with those that inspired the story when there is more in it for himself if he takes full credit?

    March 8, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  94. Mike H.

    Everyone is trying to make a dollar off someone else rather than trying to earn it. That's today's America courtesy of Republican political philosophy.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  95. Stephen

    Am I the only person who thought this movie was not that good?

    March 8, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  96. Scott

    opps! Delete my last name

    March 8, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  97. Jacob

    I'm with Rhyan here. As a ten year vet who spent 3 years in Iraq as the officer in charge of a spec ops team I can back this up somewhat. While there are bad apples (i.e. the group of soldiers who raped a young girl and killed her entire family) in Iraq, 99% of us are straight shooters who adamantly follow the rules no matter how stupid the rules sometimes seem. I imagine that it is impossible for someone who hasn't served to understand why we vets get so twisted over war movies. I think that most of us simply feel that the memories of those who have died are not served best by being represented in a manner which is not indicative of the dedication we show day in and day out.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  98. Jason Asselin

    I am so glad to see that the movie THE COVE won the Oscar for Best Documentary. JAPAN is slaughtering Dolphins and they are now exposed.. They sell the Dolphin meat as Whale meat.. I hope this abuse will stop:)

    March 8, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  99. Yank

    No way was this movie better than Avatar this movie sucked it was barely even average !! 3 kings was better than this I cannot believe it you can just make a movie about something that is currently going on in the world and that some how gives the movie merit? shouldn't it at least be a good movie I am so disappointed in the academy awards this was unjust.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  100. Jean

    anyone watching the aftershow interviews? Monique is so full of herself her ego is overshadowing the film, how sad!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  101. Steve

    The lawsuit is no doubt real, the picture is very good but not best directed (a moment given to women by Oscar) Best picture, Hello!?!

    I saw it on DVD by just a rental pick. AVATAR blew my mind, entertained me the most and made me sad that I'm Human!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  102. Scott Howlett

    Congrats to "Hurt Locker". I am so glad it beat out the techno trash Avatatr that is a rip off of so many movies like "Dancing with Wolves". Technology is one thing but it will never beat out a riveting good story.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  103. Richard

    Hurt locker truly deserve for the win. As coming from the back ground, i really do understand the message... War is a Drug...

    Let's hope this film can inspire many more people to understand and appreciate the people who fought for our country, our freedom!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  104. herman

    i can't imagine the academy did NOT give best picture award to Avatar!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  105. Lillaurie Durousseau

    A fitting set of approbaions for these very deserving film people!

    March 8, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  106. Scott

    "We should be so embarrased by the trillions we spent in Iraq and are spending in Afghanistan."

    Trillions? Lulz, well scrooge mcduck, perhaps you should be a bit more fiscally aware before throwing around such big numbers

    March 7, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Lipanj

    Baol receives a Academy Award...the Master Sgt. receives a 1.5% pay raise – AWESOME!

    March 7, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  108. josephus

    Pay up Boal, you definitely look like an opportunist who grab somebody else's great story and turn it into a movie. You don't look like you had any idea or excitement in your life, you don't even lift a razor to take a shave lazy bastard.

    March 7, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Rhyan

    Soldiers do not act like this in Iraq. We do not go out on three man missions. EOD does not attack targets like infantry or armored units. Soldiers are not allowed to drink. They also have a chain of command, unlike the fictional characters in this movie who seem to do whatever they want. Yeah their are IED's and bad guys, but when units go outside the wire, there is much more security. The main character would have been arrested by MP's for his actions in real life. Do not compare real soldiers to these fictional Hollywood soldiers. Real soldiers are way more professional from my experience.

    March 7, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  110. mseven86

    "STORYBURN March 7th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

    Great movie about an awful topic. We should be so embarrased by the trillions we spent in Iraq and are spending in Afghanistan. We are not stopping al Qaeda one lick"

    my god, please just stop and go read a book, i beg of you. i know this makes you feel better about yourself, but please read some facts before you distribute your personal misinformation.

    March 7, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  111. mermaidmagic

    They left Fara Fawcett out of the tribute to actors we lost in the past year. Whats up with that?

    March 7, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  112. tim

    so orson welles should have paid william randolph hearst because he based citizen kane on him...

    March 7, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Manhattanite

    Frankly, Boal's lie that the movie is original fiction is as bad as Oprah's "Million Little Pieces" author claiming his book was all autobiographical non-fiction...Boal is going to have to give acknowledgment that it's largely biographical and pay a hefty penny to the soldier who he shadowed....

    March 7, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Gilly

    It's not all about stopping Al Queda. It's about freeing people from atrocities too.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Typical teenager

    WTF is a book?

    March 7, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Garry M

    Some movies deserving of their awards, otherwise a pretty ho-hum Academy Awards show. I think I'll go read a good book....

    Garry

    March 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  117. notBoal

    after reading the lawsuit, the playboy article and watching this movie, it sure looks like Boal yoinked that guy's story. Pay up Boal.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  118. STORYBURN

    Great movie about an awful topic. We should be so embarrased by the trillions we spent in Iraq and are spending in Afghanistan. We are not stopping al Qaeda one lick

    March 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |

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