Well, the red carpets have been rolled up and sent to the cleaners, and James Cameron has gone home to count his money…without a Best Director or Picture statue. Avatar did pick up Art Direction, Visual Effects and Cinematography, which seems odd given the film’s largely-CGI environs.
No, it was Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker taking Original Script, Director and Picture, along with Sound Editing & Mixing and Film Editing. Six wins for one of 2009’s best films, and a fitting end to an awkward season of pre-Oscar curiosity over the addition of five more picture nominees. It didn’t amount to much more than the opportunity for Tom Hanks to say “ten great films” without laughing.