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Monday, March 08, 2010

82nd Academy Awards Winners


With not many surprises and one major upset for me the three hours show, plus half hour red carpet, was slowish in the first two hours, but the last hour was not only entertaining but WHO won was really exciting.

Here are the winners.

Feature Films

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Animated Feature Film: Up, Peter Docter
Foreign Language Film: El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes), Argentina

Directing: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker

Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side
Actress in a Supporting Role: Mo'Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Actor in a Leading Role: Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart
Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds

Art Direction: Avatar
Cinematography: Avatar
Costume Design: The Young Victoria
Film Editing: The Hurt Locker
Makeup: Star Trek
Original Score: UP
Original Song: The Weary Kind, theme from Crazy Heart
Sound Editing: The Hurt Locker
Sound Mixing: The Hurt Locker
Visual Effects: Avatar
Writting - Adapted Screenplay: Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Writting - Original Screenplay: The Hurt Locker

Documentaries
Feature: The Cove
Short Subject: Music by Prudence

Short Films
Animated: Logorama
Live Action: The New Tenants

To check winners at the official site go here.

You have no idea how glad I'm that Avatar didn't got more awards than the ones that truly deserved. My major upset is in the foreign language film category as I believe the winner was NOT the best from the five nominees; to not repeat myself please read this post where I talk about the Argentinean submission.

2010 Oscar will be always remembered as the year where the first female director won the top directing award, this milestone is engraved in the Academy Awards history forever and Kathryn Bigelow was immortalized with this honor. If you ever had any doubts about how sexist the American Film Industry is just think that it took them EIGHTY-TWO years to honor a female director in the industry top awards. Unbelievable! But finally the 'glass ceiling' is broken. Maybe now the country will follow with the first female president in the country's history!

Also this year we have the American Independent film industry being honored with the top award, which as far as I remember doesn't happen often. Can't help but to think how the Spirit Awards organization must feel by NOT recognizing last year HOW GREAT The Hurt Locker was and again, this 'lapsus' really demerits the credibility of this award to my eyes.

Now what follows is a year full of films to watch and hopefully we will be surprised by the industry with many excellent American films.

Please remember that the American awards season may be over, but we still have more awards from other countries and some that recently happened but I have not been able to post them, like the Japan Academy top awards that will post soon.

Cheers!

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