It may have been a battle of the exes, but The Hurt Locker beat out Avatar to sweep the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. The film won Best Picture, and Kathryn Bigelow won the Oscar for Best Director for The Hurt Locker—the first woman ever to do so. She called her win "the moment of a lifetime," and dedicated her award to "the men and women of the military who risk their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan—and may they come home safe." Sandra Bullock won the award for Best Actress, and Jeff Bridges took home the award for Best Actor. "Did I really earn this or did I just wear you all down?" a stunned Sandra Bullock asked the audience as she accepted the Oscar. She dedicated the award to "moms who take care of the babies and the children no matter where they come from." Precious made its mark when Mo'Nique, as expected, won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress just after Precious writer Geoffrey Fletcher upset Up in the Air, taking home the Academy Award for Best Adapted Sreenplay. The ceremony kicked off at Los Angeles' Kodak Theater with three expected awards—Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor in Inglorious Basterds, Up for Best Animated Feature Film, and Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett for Best Song from a Feature Film for "The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart.
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