The Hurt Locker
By : John Latchem | Posted: 08 Mar 2010
Anyone looking forward to checking out this year’s Academy Award winners won’t have to wait long, with most of the winners already available on disc.
Of the 10 best picture nominees, five (District 9, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, A Serious Man and Up) were on disc by the March 7 Oscar ceremony, with four more (The Blind Side, An Education, Precious and Up in the Air) due by the end of March, leaving only Avatar without a confirmed street date. While this may mean less of a bump at the box office, it could bode well for home entertainment sales of the winning titles.
The Hurt Locker (on disc from Summit Entertainment) won six Oscars, including best picture and best director for Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman ever to win the Academy Award for directing.
Writer Mark Boal, who spent time in Iraq embedded with a bomb tech unit, also won for best original screenplay. The win comes days after an Army sergeant filed a lawsuit claiming the script was based on him.
The Hurt Locker also won for best film editing, sound editing and best sound mixing.
The movie was released on disc in January and no doubt benefited from award-sesaon buzz leading into the Oscars. Summit reports selling more than 710,000 units of the movie on disc and digitally, with around 3.2 million DVD rentals.
Best actress went to Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side (on DVD and Blu-ray March 23 from Warner Home Video).
Christoph Waltz completed an awards sweep that began at Cannes with a win for best supporting actor for his role as a Nazi in Inglourious Basterds (on disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment).
Best supporting actress went to Mo’Nique for Precious (coming to DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate March 9). Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire, also won best adapted screenplay.
While it didn’t win best picture, Pixar’s Up (on disc from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment) still floated away with two Oscars, taking the award for best animated feature and best original score for composer Michael Giacchino.
Star Trek (Paramount) continued its historic run beyond the final frontier, winning the first Oscar in the 44-year history of the franchise, for best makeup.
The Young Victoria (coming to DVD and Blu-ray April 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) won for best costumes.
Best documentary feature went to The Cove (on disc from Lionsgate).
Fox did the best among the major studios, with five total awards for movies not yet on disc.
Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time with more than $720 million at the domestic box office and $2.56 billion worldwide, won three Oscars in technical categories — for art direction, cinematography and visual effects. Fox is expected to release the film on disc in the second quarter.
Best actor went to industry stalwart Jeff Bridges for his turn as an aging country singer in Crazy Heart. The film also won best original song. Fox has yet to announce DVD plans for the movie.
The Academy Award ceremony presented a loving tribute to writer-director John Hughes, who died in August, showing clips from such films as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Paramount), The Breakfast Club (Universal), Some Kind of Wonderful (Paramount), Home Alone (Fox), Pretty in Pink (Paramount), Sixteen Candles (Universal), Vacation (Warner) and more, all of which are available on disc.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation March 6 announced its 30th annual Razzie Awards for the worst movies of the 2009.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount/DreamWorks) took three Razzies, for worst picture, worst screenplay and worst director for Michael Bay.
To go along with her Oscar for best actress, Sandra Bullock was named worst actress for All About Steve (on disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) and shared worst screen couple with Bradley Cooper for the same film.
Worst actor went to all three Jonas Brothers for Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (Disney). Sienna Miller took worst supporting actress for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Paramount) and Billy Ray Cyrus took worst supporting actor for Hannah Montana: The Movie (Disney).
The Will Ferrell comic fantasy Land of the Lost (Universal) was named “worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel.”
Special 30th Razzie-versary Awardz went to Battlefield Earth (Warner Home Video) as “Worst Picture of the Decade” (after winning eight Razzies in 2000 and being named the worst drama in the Razzie group’s first 25 years). “Worst Actor of the Decade” went to Eddie Murphy and “Worst Actress of the Decade” went to Paris Hilton.