Kathryn Bigelow has  pipped her former husband James Cameron and his film Avatar  to the post at the 82nd Academy Awards held at the Kodak theatre in Los Angeles by winning six awards for her film The Hurt Locker whilst Avatar walked away with three awards.

James Cameron and his spectacle Avatar which grossed £1.5 billion were not the stars at the most prestigious evening for the film industry thanks to the directors ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow and her master-piece, The Hurt Locker which was a low budget £10 million production.

Kathryn is the first woman to be crowned as the Queen of Hollywood in the history of the Academy Awards after picking up the Oscar for best director who dedicated her award to the brave soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and wished them a safe return home.

The Hurt Locker is a film that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout thanks to its excellent script and direction which puts you right into the tense reality of a bomb disposal squad in fighting in Iraq.

The performances by the actors are also second to none and the story managed to concentrate the focus of the viewer onto many diverse aspects of life and stresses of serving in Iraq which have not been dramatised in any other film on the middle east conflict thus far.

The usual war/trauma/action formulae which we have been given since the days of Platoon is acknowledged here, but in a grittier style and it is this closer to the reality direction which makes the Hurt Locker unmissable. Hence its performance in the Oscars.

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