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The 82nd Academy Awards (2010)

Held at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, March 7, 2010,
honoring movies released in 2009.

"The Hurt Locker" winners Mark Boal (Original Screenplay and Picture), Kathryn Bigelow (Directing and Picture) and Greg Shapiro (Picture).

"The Hurt Locker" winners Mark Boal (Original Screenplay and Best Picture), Kathryn Bigelow (Directing and Best Picture) and Greg Shapiro (Best Picture).

Best Picture

Slumdog Millionare Full Image

"The Hurt Locker"

Voltage Pictures Production; Summit Entertainment.

Best Original Score

Best Original Score winner Michael Giacchino ("Up"). Full Image

Michael Giacchino

Best Original Score winner Michael Giacchino ("Up").

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds"). Full Image

Christoph Waltz

Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds").

The Year

  • Jeff Bridges
  • Kathryn Bigelow
  • Best Picture: “The Hurt Locker”
    • “The Hurt Locker” also won Academy Awards for Directing (Kathryn Bigelow), Film Editing (Bob Murawski and Chris Innis), Sound Editing (Paul N.J. Ottosson), Sound Mixing (Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett), and Writing – Original Screenplay (Mark Boal).
  • Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for directing. Barbra Streisand presented the award to Bigelow.
  • Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin shared hosting duties. This was the first telecast to have more than a single host since the 59th ceremony in 1987.
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  • For the first time since 1943, the Best Picture category featured 10 nominated films instead of five.
  • Three of the four acting awards went to first-time nominees: Sandra Bullock won Best Actress for “The Blind Side,” Christoph Waltz was named Best Supporting Actor for “Inglourious Basterds,” and Mo’Nique received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” Jeff Bridges, who won Best Actor for “Crazy Heart,” had received four previous nominations but this was his first win.
  • Matthew Broderick, Jon Cryer, Macaulay Culkin, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy appeared on stage together to pay tribute to late filmmaker John Hughes. Hughes, famous for hits such as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Home Alone,” died at the age of 59 in New York City on August 6, 2009. (View Image)
  • In January 2009, the unsuspecting heirs of a British doctor found a rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante coupe in a garage left to them in his will. A month later, the car, one of only 17 ever made, was sold at a Paris auction for approximately $4.4 million.
  • On January 15, 2009, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger successfully “landed” a US Airways Airbus A320 in the Hudson River, after the plane hit a flock of birds and both engines lost power. There were 155 passengers and crewmembers on board, and none were seriously hurt.
  • In March 2009, Rick Wagoner, the chairman and chief executive of General Motors, resigned at the request of the Obama administration. Wagoner had worked at GM since 1977 and served as its head since 2000. Three months later, the struggling automotive giant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • On April 13, 2009, Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, the eccentric Detroit Tigers pitcher who captured public imagination and the American League Rookie of the Year award in 1976, was found dead at the age of 54 after an accident on his Massachusetts farm.
  • On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died at the age of 50 at his home in Los Angeles after suffering from cardiac arrest caused by a fatal combination of prescription drugs. A public memorial service for the King of Pop, held at the Staples Center on July 7, was watched by 31.1 million television viewers in the U.S. and millions more online around the world.
  • In June 2009, the World Health Organization announced that H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu, had reached a pandemic level. This was the first time that the WHO had declared a global flu epidemic since the 1968-1969 flu season.
  • On June 29, 2009, a federal judge sentenced Bernard Madoff to the maximum sentence of 150 years in prison after he was convicted of orchestrating a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors.
  • In August 2009, Justice Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic and third woman in U.S. history to serve on the Supreme Court.
  • On August 25, 2009, Massachusetts Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy died at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts at the age of 77.
  • In October 2009, President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
  • On October 1, 2009, talk show host David Letterman announced that a CBS News producer had tried to blackmail him for $2 million by exposing the sexual affairs he had with female members of his staff .
  • On November 5, 2009, a mass shooting rocked one of the nation's largest military posts when a U.S. Army psychiatrist opened fire inside Fort Hood in Texas. Thirteen people were killed and 30 people were injured. Most of the victims were U.S. military personnel.
  • In November 2009, Tiger Woods was injured when he lost control of his SUV outside of his Florida mansion. The accident set off a wave of revelations about his personal life and reports of marital infidelities linking him to multiple women. Woods returned to professional golf in April 2010 for the Masters in Augusta after a four-month hiatus.

Honorary Award

To Lauren Bacall in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.

Honorary Award

To Gordon Willis for unsurpassed mastery of light, shadow, color and motion.

Honorary Award

To Roger Corman for his rich engendering of films and filmmakers.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

To John Calley.

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