It is all over for this year and there were no big surprises. A woman finally won the Best Director Oscar for a film that no one saw in the theaters. And the biggest grossing movie of all time (so far) was only recognized in the categories it truly deserved — technical excellence. There was one attempt to unfurl a political sign in the background while the winners of best documentary (The Cove) spoke; they were cut short. And there was a Kanye moment where one of the winners of best short was rudely cut off by his partner. The production was pretty clunky, though the hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin were pretty good together. All in all, not a lot of memorable moments.

Best Picture

The Hurt Locker


Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker


Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side


Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Foreign Language Film

El Secreto de Sus Ojos, Argentina

Film Editing

The Hurt Locker

Documentary Feature

The Cove

Visual Effects


Original Score

Up, Michael Giacchino



Sound Mixing


Sound Editing

The Hurt Locker


The Young Victoria

Art Direction


Supporting Actress

Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Adapted Screenplay

Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire


Star Trek

Live Action Short Film

The New Tenants

Documentary (short subject)

Music by Prudence

Animated Short Film


Original Screenplay

Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker

Original Song

The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart) from Crazy Heart, Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett

Animated Feature Film


Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterd

How surprised were you? I love that there is a woman with the Best Director. And I am very happy that Avatar didn’t sweep. I would have loved to see Up in the Air get more recognition, but all in all I think they did well. Too bad the production of the show was so bad.

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  1. I wasn’t terribly surprised overall. But as I’ve mentioned before, none of the TEN movies resonated to the level of “THIS HAS TO WIN BEST PICTURE” the way “Slumdog Millionaire” did last year. I liked “Hurt Locker” and definitely felt that Bigelow deserved best director. But I enjoyed “Up in the Air” a whole lot more and agree with Arty Chick that it would’ve been nice to see it get a bit more recognition. It had everything – good story, good acting, good characters, humor and drama. I guess it will just have to settle for making a whole lot more money than HL. As for the telecast overall – what a snoozer! Spread out those big awards! Provide more opportunity for great ad-libbers like Martin and Baldwin to ad lib! Wake up the audience once in a while! And perform those original songs!

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