Oscars 2010: The winners

Beating back the juggernaut of Avatar and rising to the top of a field of ten Best Picture nominees, the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker pulled out six Oscar wins at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first woman ever to earn that award. In the acting categories, Sandra Bullock beat out Meryl Streep to win the Best Actress Award for her turn as a fierce Southern mom in The Blind Side; Jeff Bridges earned the Best Actor Award for playing a past-his-prime country singer in Crazy Heart; Mo’Nique won the Best Supporting Actress for playing an abusive mother in Precious; and Christoph Waltz won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his portrayal of a coldblooded yet charming Nazi in Inglourious Basterds. Read on for our full list of the winners:


WINNER: The Hurt Locker

The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
Inglourious Basterds
A Serious Man
Up in the Air


WINNER: Kathryn BigelowThe Hurt Locker

James CameronAvatar
Lee DanielsPrecious
Jason ReitmanUp in the Air
Quentin TarantinoInglourious Basterds


WINNER: Sandra BullockThe Blind Side

Helen MirrenThe Last Station
Carey MulliganAn Education
Gabourey SidibePrecious
Meryl StreepJulie & Julia


WINNER: Jeff BridgesCrazy Heart

George ClooneyUp in the Air
Colin FirthA Single Man
Morgan FreemanInvictus
Jeremy RennerThe Hurt Locker


WINNER: Mo’NiquePrecious

Penélope CruzNine
Vera FarmigaUp in the Air
Maggie GyllenhaalCrazy Heart
Anna KendrickUp in the Air


WINNER: Christoph WaltzInglourious Basterds

Matt DamonInvictus
Woody HarrelsonThe Messenger
Christopher PlummerThe Last Station
Stanley TucciThe Lovely Bones


WINNER: Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker

Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman,
The Messenger
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
Pete Docter, Bob Peterson & Tom McCarthy, Up
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds


WINNER:  Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious

Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche,
In the Loop
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell, District 9
Nick Hornby, An Education
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

Best Foreign Language Film

WINNER: El Secreto do Sus Ojos (Argentina)

Un Prophete
The White Ribbon (Germany)
Ajami (Israel)
The Milk of Sorrow (Peru)

Best Animated Film


Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells

Best Documentary

WINNER: The Cove

Burma VJ
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

Best Editing

WINNER: The Hurt Locker

District 9
Inglourious Basterds

Best Visual Effects


District 9
Star Trek

Best Song

WINNER: “The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart, T-Bone Burnett & Ryan Bingham

“Almost There,” The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman
“Down in New Orleans,” The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman
“Loin de Paname,” Paris 36, Reinhardt Wagner & Frank Thomas
“Take It All,” Nine, Maury Yeston

Best Score


Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes

Best Cinematography


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon

Best Sound Mixing

WINNER: The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Best Sound Editing

WINNER: The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek

Best Costume Design

WINNER: The Young Victoria

Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Best Art Direction


The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Sherlock Holmes
The Young Victoria

Best Makeup

WINNER: Star Trek

Il Divo
The Young Victoria

Best Live-Action Short

WINNER: The New Tenants

The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Miracle Fish

Best Documentary Short

WINNER: Music by Prudence

China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Rabbit à la Berlin

Best Animated Short

WINNER: Logorama
French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
A Matter of Loaf and Death

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  • Megan

    Glad Christoph Waltz won Great role and great movie

    • ks



        Agree it was a great performance, but I have to say the best part of the night was the tribute to John Hughes – that review of his films (Some Kind of Wonderful is the best teen 80s film!) showed how bad kids have it today with junk like Twilight, etc. And is anyone else tired of Neil Patrick Harris? I know he is talented and well liked but there is such a thing as overexposure.


        Carrey Mulligan was robbed plain and simple – Sandra Bullock’s performance was decent but nothing spectacular. Hurt Locker is overrated, UP should have won.

      • ben

        Stanley tucci was creepy good at The Lovely Bones, but too bad he went up againt Crhristoph Waltz who owned his every scene in Inglorious. I would be glad either way.

      • chris

        In a perfect world, UP woulda won, but sadly we live in another one where an actually decent movie about the iraq war is celebrated as the best movie evaaaah

      • Miggy

        “Up” is way overrated.

      • Sina

        Sandra Bullock should not have won. At least not before Michelle Pheiffer got her Oscar. Seriously how the freak does Sandra Bullock have an Oscar before Michelle! Did anyone not see Married to the Mob, Tequila Sunrise, Batman Returns and her hundred other great movies! Carrey wasn’t rob, Michelle was!!

      • Sarah

        What are you talking about Michelle got robbed? She wasn’t even nominated!!?!?! And she hasn’t done a good movie in years.

      • kate

        Michelle was pretty great in Cheri, which came out in the summer. There is one scene that turns the film and she’s heartbreaking. Carey Mulligan was probably the best of the five but Oscars are not a meritocracy, or there would have been nominations for Bright Star, and for many more than four women directors before Bigelow.

      • Leslie

        Congrats to Sandra Bullock! She was amazing in The Blind Side. Big congrats to Kathryn Bigelow for cracking the glass ceiling as a woman director, and for directing the Best Picture. Awesome. So inspiring.

      • Drayche

        Has Sina seen the Blind side Sandra desearved every award she got this year including the oscar!!!

    • Q

      I decided to watch Inglourious Basterds tonight rather than the awards ceremony tonight. I definitely made the right choice and his award was well-deserved.

    • Starr

      Christoph Waltz really deserved to win Best Supporting Actor. He was crazy good in Inglourious Basterds. I could even say his Col. Landa was the most entertaining in the movie.

      • UGH

        UP is waaaay overrated.
        Sandra Bullock did not deserve to win for what was basically the same role that Julia Roberts won for several years ago.
        Must’ve been a slow year for best actress noms.

      • Niix Starkyller

        Please explain this: “Sandra Bullock did not deserve to win for what was basically the same role that Julia Roberts won for several years ago.”

        Did you see both movies? How are they even remotely ‘the same role’? Educate us.

    • gorjus44

      GO MONIQUE!!!!

      • Maureen

        YES! :D

    • Lee

      A very predictable award telecast with only 2 exceptions: Best Foreign Language Film and Best Documentary (Long). I was pretty sure Food, Inc. would win for Best Documentary because I didn’t think the Oscars would have the guts to give to The Cove. And I’m still stunned that El Secreto do Sus Ojos won for Best Foreign Language Film. I saw this film, and it was slow and boring. Nothing to write home about. It’s basically about a detective/writer who’s trying to find out how this young woman was murdered years ago. (It’s a lot less interesting than it sounds.) I would’ve given it to The White Ribbon.

  • Mary Beth

    Just think. This time last year, no one in the States had really heard of the talented Mr. Waltz. Thanks QT for bringing him to our attention. He is so deserving (I think an Awards clean sweep!!) and I too loved the film

    • mishka

      Me myself I ‘m so grateful for Push and Mo’nique !!!! Thanks to the Academy!!!
      By the way Martin and Baldwin are doing a great job!

  • Shamrock

    What happened to “…and the award goes to…” Looks like they are back to “…and the winner is…”


    So far this is boring because we expected all these winners.

    • noam

      save for best original screenplay. a lot of people were expecting tarantino to get it…but the others, yeah.

    • Sally in Chicago

      I think the show is entertaining.

  • jarod

    hopefully thats not the only win for I.B

  • Kate

    UUUGGHH Crazy purple dress lady pulled a Kanye West on Roger Ross Williams! Spotlight stealers…

    • marco

      who was the crazy lady in the purple dress ??

      • MARIE

        She shold have been pulled off that stage and allowed Roger Ross Williams finish his speech. What a shame.

  • Gail

    Just. can’t. get. into. it. this. year. Not interested in any of the nominees….

  • Syn

    Yeah for Mo’Nique for Precious!!!

  • Mark

    I’m shocked “Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen” wasn’t nominated for Best Visual Effects! The first “Transformers” wasn’t nominated, either. The effects in those two movies, especially the second one, were amazing!

    • amj

      I have to say that although the movie as a whole is no Oscar film, I agree with you Mark. I was not as impressed with the second movie’s story but the effects were amazing. The first one still blows me away. I really expected those transformations to look cheesy and they sure didn’t. Couldn’t believe that the first one would become a favorite of mine and my husband’s. It did however win 3 razzies.

      • ks

        Agree! I did enjoy the effects more in the second one than the first. Is it werid that I liked seeing Transformers get the razzie-at leaste that award showed some love…

      • Tarc

        The effects of the second film were messy, jumbled to the point of near incoherence, and badly choreographed. The first film was vastly better in every way.

    • t3hdow

      I kind of agree with you, especially with the first Transformers. How it didn’t get nominated for impressive visuals was beyond me. How The Golden Compass won instead was even more insulting. Not that either Transformers were great films, but the special effects crews put out 110% effort.

    • Jeremy

      Megan Fox was the Best Special Effect.

  • marco

    Ok help me out here ! Who was the crazy lady in the purple dress that stole the mic ?????

    • Nina

      I think it was his collaborator, but I don’t know; either way, that was astonishingly rude of her. The Kayne West of the Oscars.

    • Jennifer

      She was one of the producers, and had apparently had a falling out with the director and the other producers due to creative differences.

  • Big Dave

    Big Dave’s Law of Oscar Speeches:

    The length of the acceptance speech is inversely proportional to the importance of the award.

    • UncleWalty


  • mishka

    Oh Kristen…being edgy doesn’t mean you can’t be classy…bring your hand to your mouth to cough, not to Taylor’s back

    • mishka

      not your mouth to Taylor’s back, i meant, sorry

  • Karen Colizzi Noonan

    Is anyone else thinking that if **I** were the one sitting next to George Clooney i would look a WHOLE lot more excited to be there??? What’s wrong with this chick??

    • Jennifer

      I know. Could she had looked less interested?

      • CIP

        A co-worker who went to the red-carpet and sat on the bleachers told me all the actors were nice specially Clooney but that his date looked annoyed and/or upset the whole time.

  • john

    loved the dance number amazing flips

    • James

      Yep. And Up winning best score was the highlight of the night for me.

  • curious

    two things i have been wondering all night maybe ew can clarify. i thought the presenters were not supposed to say “the winner is…” but “the oscar/award goes to….” yet they have been saying the winner is… all night when did that change? also why no best song performances? (not that i want to see Randy Newman preform yet again)

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