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The Oscars: Welcome to the history books, Kathryn

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The Oscars are usually a mix of upsets and sure things with a few awkward moments and off-center jokes in between. Last night was no exception, but it could alternately be called "The Night of the Underdog," "The Night of the Woman" or "The Night of the People Hollywood Wrote Off but Later Decided to Give a Chance."

Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Oscar for best director — beating out her ex-husband, James Cameron, for the honor. Of course, the Oscars being all about the drama, decided to seat Bigelow right smack in front of Cameron and his current wife, making for what was sure an uncomfortable three-and-a-half hours for the both of them. Then, surprises of surprises, Bigelow won the night's other huge prize — best film — beating out Cameron and his high-tech money suck "Avatar" a second time.

Also making a splash were industry vets Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges — two actors who have cultivated both commercial and cult success but never any real acclaim. Bullock was a surprise, being as she was sitting in the same category as 16-time nominated Meryl Streep, and she herself looked about as shocked as Bigelow to have won, but gave a fantastic speech that was indeed one of the night's best. Bridges also gave a fantastic speech, mentioning the very talented folks in his family, but not in that sort of Hollywood "I have to say these names" kind of way.

The best supporting actor and actress awards were no big surprises — the names Christoph Waltz and Mo'Nique probably were engraved on their statues moments after they were announced as nominees — but there's a good reason for that — truly outstanding and amazing performances.

Here's a list of all the winners — have your Netflix cue handy...

Best picture

• "Avatar"

"The Hurt Locker" [WINNER]

• "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

• "Up in the Air"

• "Inglourious Basterds"

• "Up"

• "The Blind Side"

• "District 9"

• "An Education"

• "A Serious Man"

Actor

• George Clooney, "Up in the Air"

Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart" [WINNER]

• Colin Firth, "A Single Man"

• Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"

• Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"

Actress

• Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"

Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side" [WINNER]

• Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

• Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"

• Carey Mulligan, "An Education"

Supporting actor

• Matt Damon, "Invictus"

• Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"

• Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"

• Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"

Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds" [WINNER]

Supporting actress

• Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air"

Mo'Nique, "Precious" [WINNER]

• Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"

• Penelope Cruz, "Nine"

• Maggie Gyllenhaal, "Crazy Heart"

Director

• Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"

Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker" [WINNER]

• James Cameron, "Avatar"

• Lee Daniels, "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

• Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air"

Animated feature

"Up" [WINNER]

• "Coraline"

• "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

• "The Princess and the Frog"

• "The Secret of Kells"

Original screenplay

"The Hurt Locker" [WINNER]

• "Inglourious Basterds"

• "The Messenger"

• "A Serious Man"

• "Up"

Adapted screenplay

• "District 9"

• "An Education"

• "In the Loop"

"Precious" [WINNER]

• "Up in the Air"

Best foreign-language film

• "Ajami"

"El Secreto de Sus Ojos" [WINNER]

• "The Milk of Sorrow"

• "Un Prophète"

• "The White Ribbon"

Best film editing

• "Avatar"

• "District 9"

"The Hurt Locker" [WINNER]

• "Inglourious Basterds"

• "Precious"

Art direction

"Avatar" [WINNER]

• "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"

• "Nine"

• "Sherlock Holmes"

• "The Young Victoria"

Cinematography

"Avatar" [WINNER]

• "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

• "The Hurt Locker"

• "Inglourious Basterds"

• "The White Ribbon"

Costume design

• "Bright Star"

• "Coco Before Chanel"

• "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"

• "Nine"

"The Young Victoria" [WINNER]

Best documentary feature

• "Burma VJ"

"The Cove" [WINNER]

• "Food, Inc."

• "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"

• "Which Way Home"

Documentary short

• "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province"

• "The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner"

• "The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant"

"Music by Prudence" [WINNER]

• "Rabbit à la Berlin"

Makeup

• "Il Divo"

"Star Trek" [WINNER]

• "The Young Victoria"

Music (original score)

• "Avatar"

• "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

• "The Hurt Locker"

• "Sherlock Holmes"

"Up" [WINNER]

Music (original song)

• "Almost There" from "The Princess and the Frog"

• "Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog"

• "Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36"

• "Take it All" from "Nine"

"The Weary Kind (Theme from "Crazy Heart") from "Crazy Heart" [WINNER]

Short film, animated

• "French Toast"

• "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty"

• "The Lady and the Reaper"

"Logorama" [WINNER]

• "A Matter of Loaf and Death"

Short film, live action

• "The Door"

• "Instead of Abracadabra"

• "Kavi"

• "Miracle Fish"

"The New Tenants" [WINNER]

Sound editing

• "Avatar"

"The Hurt Locker" [WINNER]

• "Inglourious Basterds"

• "Star Trek"

• "Up"

Sound mixing

• "Avatar"

"The Hurt Locker" [WINNER]

• "Inglourious Basterds"

• "Star Trek"

• "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

Visual effects

"Avatar" [WINNER]

• "District 9"

• "Star Trek"

Comments

Mel Briscoe 4 years, 9 months ago

sarah, i was so on point w/ my predictions-- i really wish i would've put money on them! i had accuracy in all of the acting categories as well as best director and picture. and bravo to kathryn! i am very proud of her!

supercowbellninja 4 years, 9 months ago

just glad that Avatar did not sweep all of the categories. Really enjoyed Steve Martin's deadpan, too.

KansasPerson 4 years, 9 months ago

A somewhat awkward moment during the "Music by Prudence" speech. The interruption of the speech and then the moment when they cut the mike -- pretty funny.

Did you catch the "ooops, the mike is still on" moment at the end of the (excruciatingly lengthy) John Hughes memorial?

Mel Briscoe 4 years, 9 months ago

and why was farrah fawcett not in the "in memoriam" segment. neither was bea arthur. BUT ed mcmahon was.... go fig.

also michael jackson should've been mentioned. he was terrific as the scarecrow in the wiz. and i am thinking that more people remember that then any acting gig ed mcmahon may have had 90 years ago.

DennisAnderson 4 years, 9 months ago

Honeychild: Michael Jackson was included in the memorial segment, they even showed him as the scarecrow. Bea Arthur, Farah Fawcett and Ed McMahon all were known for their TV work, not movie work. That's more Emmy turf.

Mel Briscoe 4 years, 9 months ago

really??? because there were people complaining about the people who were not included and they mentioned him. i guess they didn't catch it-- i'm glad they mentioned him. i loved him in that movie.

and i'm telling you, dennis, ed mcmahon WAS mentioned. that's why i said what i said! farrah was in movies too. logan's run, cannonball run, extremities and the apostle were 4 movies she was in. the latter 2 i listed are terrific films and she puts in fine performances in both.

ferrislives 4 years, 9 months ago

The John Hughes memorial was great! Very fitting.

Mel Briscoe 4 years, 9 months ago

"Mel not knowing the Chain of Command...

.....priceless."

huh???? you lost me there.

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 9 months ago

Chain of Command was an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was a two part and one of the most interesting episodes. But, why should Mel know that and what has it got to do with the Oscars?

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