Oscar winner 'Hurt Locker' beat out 'Avatar' for Best Picture, while Sandra Bullock won Best Actress, beating out 16-time nominee Meryl Streep.
Last night’s Academy Awards ceremony was chock-full of drama as the Oscar winners were announced. Sandra Bullock won Best Actress, beating out acting icon Meryl Streep, who has been nominated a record 16 times. “The Hurt Locker,” a very tiny film that has barely made $21 million worldwide, won Best Picture over the global juggernaut “Avatar,” now the highest-grossing film of all time. And, yes, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman in 82 years of Academy history to walk off with the Best Director statuette.
“It’s a great validation for women directors,” said composer and former Academy governor Charles Bernstein as he made his way from the awards ceremony in Hollywood’s Kodak Theater to the nearby Governor’s Ball. As he spoke by phone, he walked past a not very jubilant, “though not sad,” James Cameron. “He has nothing to feel bad about,” noted Mr. Bernstein. “It’s a wonderful David-and-Goliath story and after all, he’s got the highest grossing film of all time so both sides win.”
Young female voices around town were unequivocal. “It’s officially groundbreaking,” says box office analyst Karie Bible at Exhibitor Relations. While it’s not clear how much the win will help Ms. Bigelow’s film, which is already out on DVD (“it may get a rerelease,” she suggests), it will definitely help open doors for other women, Ms. Bible adds.