2009 Oscar Awards – A Look Back
Before we start looking ahead, wondering who will take home the most-coveted of Hollywood awards, Oscars later this month, it seems only fitting we look back to what happened this time last year. 2009 was a year of surprises at the Academy Awards. While, as expected, Avatar (Cameron’s much-hyped epic) received a fair share of nods, it was the film’s we didn’t expect to win that caught and captured the attention.
For instance, instead of Avatar, with its multi-million dollar budget and the media frenzy surrounding it, the winner of the Best Film Oscar Award of 2009 was a lower-budget film called, The Hurt Locker. Actually, the winner also took home a number of other Oscars 2009 including: Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Writing (Original Screenplay). It wasn’t the only surprise in last year’s award ceremony. How about the idea of Jeff Bridges winning Best Actor Oscar Award 2009 for his role in Crazy Heart? Not too many of those in-the-know had that picked right.
Let’s recap the major awards that were handed out in 2009:
Best Film Oscar Award 2009 – the Hurt Locker
Best Animated Film Oscar Award 2009 – Up
Best Documentary Oscar Award 2009 – The Cove
Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Award 2009 – The Secret in their Eyes
Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar Award 2009 – Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar Award 2009– Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds)
Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar Award 2009– Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar Award 2009– Mo’Nique (Precious)
Best Director/Directing Oscar Award 2009 – Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Best Musical Score Oscar Award 2009– Up
Best Original Song Oscar Award 2009– The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)
Best Art Direction Oscar Award 2009- Avatar
Best Visual Effects Oscar Award 2009 – Avatar
Best Cinematography Oscar Award 2009– Avatar
Best Writing/Adapted Screenplay Oscar Award 2009– Precious – based on the novel Push by Sapphire
Best Original Screenplay Oscar Award 2009– The Hurt Locker
Of course, Oscars are handed out for so many categories that none of us really understand, and it would take a page or two to list all of them. Still, this covers the bases and, while Avatar certainly took home several prestigious awards, it was not the clear-cut winner that Titanic had been. In fact, it was year for upsets and surprises but we aren’t supposed to be able to pick the winners. These awards are given out by those with the experience and expertise that most of us only dream of. Who will win this year? We’ll all be tuning in to see.