James Cameron, Golden Globes lead Oscar losers

Mon Mar 8, 2010 2:34am EST
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Twelve years ago, James Cameron declared he was "king of the world" when "Titanic" won the Oscar for best picture.

But on Sunday, his hopes for a repeat with the 3D blockbuster "Avatar" were blown up by "The Hurt Locker," a low-budget war movie directed by his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow.

The two films led the field with nine nominations each, including best picture and director. "The Hurt Locker" won both those races and four other prizes. "Avatar" ended up with just three awards, all in technical categories.

Cameron, personally nominated in three categories, went home empty-handed.

The other big loser was "Up in the Air," once considered an Oscar front-runner. Its nominated star, George Clooney, made no attempt to hide his morose expression as the light drama was snubbed in all six of its categories.

The film was also on the wrong end of one of the night's biggest surprises. Director Jason Reitman and playwright Sheldon Turner lost the adapted screenplay category to Geoffrey Fletcher for "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."

Reitman and Turner, who did not meet until after the film was finished, awkwardly shared the awards-season spotlight after Turner gained a co-writing credit through Writers Guild arbitration.

"What an evening," Reitman wrote on Twitter.   Continued...