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Oscar liveblog: 'The Hurt Locker' does the improbable

March 7, 2010 |  9:09 pm

8:59 pm: It may have been over in the blink of an eye, as Tom Hanks announced the best picture winner seemingly seconds after Kathryn Bigelow finished accepting her historic best director prize. But this is one of the longest odysseys for a best picture winner in the history of the Academy Awards.


First it was years before the film's production got off the ground. And even when it first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival back in 2008, the back-and-forth negotiations between Summit, producers and other distributors were almost an entangled as a Middle East diplomacy mission. (Summit offered close to $2 million, the filmmakers said no and tested the market, then came back and took a little over $1 million.)

It didn't exactly go into overdrive from there. The plan was first for a 2008 awards campaign, which was then scuttled in favor of a June '09 limited release. And even then it took months before critics, and then the guilds, came around. As it is, it's the lowest-grossing best-picture in the modern era (somewhat ironic given the Academy's expansion to ten slots to include more commercial films) but we have a feeling Summit and the filmmakers don't exactly care right now.

Speaking of the podium, Greg Shapiro gives the shout-out to Nicolas Chartier -- whose email, misguided as it was, proved prescient - watching somewhere in Malibu, as Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal and the actors all celebrate onstage. We'll have more from them and the winning lead actors backstage when they get here.

--Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal and the cast of "The Hurt Locker." Credit: AP/Mark J. Terrill

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Avatar narrative runs counter to war mongering, Hurt Locker doesn't.

Hurt Locker is a way "safer" movie for those that profit from invading other countries like Iraq for their oil fix.

Avatar is not the kind of propoganda that is acceptable to the Empire, nor to paramilitary corporation who run much of the USA. Hurt Locker though raw, is much more acceptable and supportive of military as heros. Avatar open people's hearts and mind to the deciet of invasion and war. Hurt Locker keeps war within the metal box, and,in the words of HL's director Hurt Locker goes out to all those people in uniform. Does that included the uniforms that slaughtered civialian in Vietnam, Iraq, Ameria's first nations, US Civil War, Chile, Cambodia, China, Poland, Russia, Germany, and Kent State? Come on, we deserve more courage than that from the mouth of the top movie makers. There still is no way to peace, peace is the way. Avatar is the better picture.

Greg Shapiro turns around and actually refers to the rejoicing actors behind him as "the talent"? no class move, dude.


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