41.3 Million Watch 82nd Academy Awards Telecast

Posted on March 8, 2010

41.3 million people watched the 82nd Academy Awards telecast. It was the largest viewership for the Oscars in five years. Neil Patrick Harris's short opening number was entertaining and hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were both funny.

There were two firsts at this year's Oscars. The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win Best Director and Geoffrey Fletcher and became the first African American screenwriter to win an Academy Award.

The Hurt Locker won the most awards with six, include Best Picture and Best Director. Avatar won three awards. Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges won Best Actress and Best Actor. Here is a list of this year's winners.

  • Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
  • Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Mo'Nique, Precious
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
  • Film Editing: The Hurt Locker, Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
  • Original Screenplay: The Hurt Locker, Mark Boal
  • Adapted Screenplay: Precious, Geoffrey Fletcher
  • Documentary Feature: The Cove
  • Animated Film: Up
  • Original Song: "The Weary Kind," Music and Lyrics by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart)
  • Visual Effects: Avatar
  • Original Score: Michael Giacchino, Up
  • Cinematography: Avatar, Mauro Fiore
  • Sound Mixing: The Hurt Locker
  • Sound Editing: The Hurt Locker
  • Costume Design: The Young Victoria, Sandy Powell
  • Art Direction: Avatar
  • Makeup: Star Trek
  • Live Action Short Film: The New Tenants
  • Documentary Short Subject: Music by Prudence
  • Animated Short Film: Logorama
  • Foreign Language Film: The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos, Argentina)

Here's a clip of the big win for The Hurt Locker:

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