‘The Hurt Locker’ beats ‘Avatar’ for Best Picture and Best Director at Critics Choice Awards
Awesome!! As we noted in our previous piece, Kathryn Bigelow, director-producer of ‘The Hurt Locker’ happens to also be Cameron’s ex. Glad the serious film won. Enjoyed Avatar but it is NOT serious.
James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” won the most awards at Friday’s Critics’ Choice Awards, but the top honor went to Iraq war drama “The Hurt Locker” and its director-producer Kathryn Bigelow.”Locker” was named best picture and Bigelow best director.
Accepting the best picture prize, screenwriter-producer Mark Boal said the award belongs to Bigelow “for her singular vision, for her endless inspiration and for never taking no as an answer.”
Bigelow had thanked Boal when she accepted the director’s honor, saying, “I stand here really because of one man, and that’s Mark Boal.”
“It’s wonderful to have this honor,” she continued, “but the recognition should also go to the men and women who are in the field to this day.”
“Avatar” was named best action movie and it collected a heap of technical awards, including honors for cinematography, editing, art direction, sound and visual effects.
The “Basterds” cast was the critics’ pick for best ensemble. The film’s villain, Christoph Waltz, was named best supporting actor and Tarantino won for his original screenplay.
“There’s really only one group of people to thank,” Tarantino said, “and that’s the actors who actually took it from the printed page and put it up on the screen. My material is not easy. It’s hard. I cannot have dumb actors do my material.”…