March 8, 2010 / 5:05 AM / 10 years ago

"The Hurt Locker" wins Oscar for best picture

Director Kathryn Bigelow (L) of the film "The Hurt Locker" is congratulated by director James Cameron (R) after it won the award for best sound mixing during the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - “The Hurt Locker” won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday, capping a historic Oscar ceremony that saw the low-budget Iraq war drama vanquish the sci-fi blockbuster “Avatar.”

Its victory also brought a second statuette for Kathryn Bigelow.

Bigelow was one of the four producers of “The Hurt Locker,” along with journalist Mark Boal, financier Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro. Chartier was banned from the ceremony after the French native broke Oscar campaign rules by e-mailing voters on behalf of the picture.

“The Hurt Locker,” which centers on an American bomb-disposal squad in Iraq, is now out on DVD. It earned a modest $15 million at the North American box office. It was distributed by closely held Summit Entertainment.

Its closest Oscar competition was considered to be “Avatar,” the all-time box office champ produced and directed by James Cameron, Bigelow’s ex-husband.

Both films received nine nominations.

Reporting by Dean Goodman, Editing by Sandra Maler

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