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OSCAR RECAP: First-timers take all

by Kelsi Schindler

LOS ANGELES (WAOW) -- Stars filled the Kodak Theatre at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, Sunday night. All four Oscars for best acting went to first-time winners.

And the winners are:

Best Supporting Actor: 

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Christoph Waltz has won the supporting-actor Academy Award for his role as a sociable fiend of a Nazi in "Inglourious Basterds."

The first award of Oscar night went to Austrian-born Waltz, a veteran stage and television actor in Europe who had been virtually unknown in Hollywood before Quentin Tarantino cast him as the prattling, ruthless Jew-hunter Hans Landa in his World War II saga.

Waltz beat four Hollywood veterans: Matt Damon for "Invictus," Woody Harrelson for "The Messenger," Christopher Plummer for "The Last Station" and Stanley Tucci for "The Lovely Bones."

Best Supporting Actress: 

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Villainous roles have snatched the supporting-acting prizes at the Academy Awards: "Precious" co-star Mo'Nique as a loathsome mother and "Inglourious Basterds" co-star Christoph Waltz as a sociable Nazi fiend.

With the industry's top trophy in hand, both performers capped remarkable years, Mo'Nique startling fans with dramatic depths previously unsuspected in the actress known for lowbrow comedy and Austrian-born veteran Waltz leaping to fame with his first big Hollywood role.

The blockbuster "Up" won the animated feature Oscar, and the Iraq War drama "The Hurt Locker" took the prize for original screenplay.

"The Hurt Locker" and "Avatar" are tied for the Oscar lead with nine nominations each.

Best Actor:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jeff Bridges has won the best-actor Academy Award for his turn as a boozy country singer trying to clean up his act in "Crazy Heart."

The Oscar marks a career peak for Bridges, a beloved Hollywood veteran who had been nominated four times in the previous 38 years without winning.

Supporting-acting Oscars went to Mo'Nique for "Precious" and Christoph Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds."

The Iraq War thriller "The Hurt Locker" has the lead with four awards, including original screenplay and film editing. The science-fiction blockbuster "Avatar" has three, including visual effects and cinematography.

"Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" came in tied for the lead with nine nominations each.

Best Actress:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jeff Bridges has won the best-actor Academy Award for his turn as a boozy country singer trying to clean up his act in "Crazy Heart."

The Oscar marks a career peak for Bridges, a beloved Hollywood veteran who had been nominated four times in the previous 38 years without winning.

Supporting-acting Oscars went to Mo'Nique for "Precious" and Christoph Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds."

The Iraq War thriller "The Hurt Locker" has the lead with four awards, including original screenplay and film editing. The science-fiction blockbuster "Avatar" has three, including visual effects and cinematography.

"Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" came in tied for the lead with nine nominations each.

Best Director:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kathryn Bigelow has won the best-director Academy Award for her Iraq War thriller "The Hurt Locker."

Bigelow is the first woman in the 82-year history of the Oscars to earn Hollywood's top prize for filmmakers.

Among those Bigelow beat are ex-husband James Cameron, the best-director winner for 1997's "Titanic" who was nominated this time for his sci-fi spectacle "Avatar." Bigelow and Cameron were married from 1989-91.

The acting prizes went to Sandra Bullock as best actress for "The Blind Side"; Jeff Bridges as best actor for "Crazy Heart"; Mo'Nique as supporting actress for "Precious"; and Christoph Waltz as supporting actor for "Inglourious Basterds."

Best Picture:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Iraq War drama "The Hurt Locker" has won best picture and five other prizes at the Academy Awards, its haul including best director for Kathryn Bigelow.

Bigelow is the first woman in the 82-year history of the Oscars to earn Hollywood's top prize for filmmakers.

Among those Bigelow and "The Hurt Locker" beat are ex-husband James Cameron and his sci-fi spectacle "Avatar." Bigelow and Cameron were married from 1989-91.

First-time winners took all four acting prizes: Sandra Bullock as best actress for "The Blind Side"; Jeff Bridges as best actor for "Crazy Heart"; Mo'Nique as supporting actress for "Precious"; and Christoph Waltz as supporting actor for "Inglourious Basterds."

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