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82nd Annual Academy Awards Winners

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It's that time of year again when all of Hollywood dressed to the nines came together to honor the best performances and movies of 2009. I didn't see as many of the nominees this years as in the past, but the awards ceremony was as glamorous as ever.

The best part was the hosting by Steve Martin. He made brazen digs at all of Hollywood's elite during the opening sequence and took jabs every time he was given the chance to speak. Of course, it was all in good fun and he didn't really mean a word of it - did he?

A tribute was paid to John Hughes for his body of work over his lifetime. Clips were seen from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Home Alone, and The Breakfast Club among others. Speaking heart-felt sentiments were Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Judd Nelson, Matthew Broderick, and Ally Sheedy. James Taylor sang a tribute to those who passed last year.

Honorary Awards were given in an earlier ceremony for lifetime achievement to Lauren Bacall, John Calley, Roger Corman, and Gordon Willis.

The main winners tonight include:

Best Supporting Actor:


Matt Damon

Woody Harrelson
The Messenger

Christopher Plummer
The Last Station

Stanley Tucci
The Lovely Bones

Christoph Waltz - Winner
Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress:


Penélope Cruz

Vera Farmiga
Up in the Air

Maggie Gyllenhaal
Crazy Heart

Anna Kendrick
Up in the Air

Mo'Nique - Winner

Best Director:


James Cameron

The Hurt Locker - Winner
Kathryn Bigelow

Inglourious Basterds
Quentin Tarantino

Lee Daniels

Up in the Air
Jason Reitman

Best Script


The Hurt Locker - Winner
Written by Mark Boal

Inglourious Basterds
Written by Quentin Tarantino

The Messenger
Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman

A Serious Man
Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter.

Best Special Effects


Avatar - Winner

District 9

Star Trek

Best Actor


Jeff Bridges - Winner
Crazy Heart

George Clooney
Up in the Air

Colin Firth
A Single Man

Morgan Freeman

Jeremy Renner
The Hurt Locker

Best Actress


Sandra Bullock - Winner
The Blind Side

Helen Mirren
The Last Station

Carey Mulligan
An Education

Gabourey Sidibe

Meryl Streep
Julie & Julia

Best Picture


James Cameron and Jon Landau

The Blind Side
Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson

District 9
Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham

An Education
Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey

The Hurt Locker - Winner
Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro

Inglourious Basterds
Lawrence Bender

Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness

A Serious Man
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Jonas Rivera

Up in the Air
Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman

It was a toss up who had a better evening, The Hurt Locker or Avatar. Avatar dominated the Golden Globes, and it also earned Oscars tonight for best Cinematography and Art Direction, although Cameron was clearly shocked by losing out best director and best picture to ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow. Not only that, she had better seats at the ceremony than he. Star Trek bagged the Oscar for its make-up artists.

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