New York (March 8, 2010)—It was a historic Sunday night for the Academy Awards, as Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker won Best Picture while nabbing the Best Director statue for Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win the prize in the Oscars’ 82 years. The film also shut out both Sound categories as Paul N.J. Ottosson won Sound Editing, and Ray Beckett and Ottosson jointly won Sound Mixing.
These were Ottosson’s first wins, although he was previously nominated for Sound Editing on 2004’s Spider-Man 2; the Mixing award was Beckett’s first nomination.
For the category of Music (Original Score), Michael Giacchino won for his score to the Pixar film, Up. This was the second Academy Award nomination for Giacchino, who was previously nominated for his score on another Pixar effort, 2007’s Ratatouille.
In Music (Original Song), “The Weary Kind” from the film Crazy Heart brought home the gold for Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett, who co-wrote the tune. The win marked Bingham’s first nomination, while it was the second nomination and first win for Burnett, following his previous nod for 2003’s Cold Mountain, where he was also up for Original Song.
82nd Annual Academy Awards