Without suspense, Tom Hanks opened the envelope and read 'The Hurt Locker' as best picture winner. The Iraq war drama also walked away with the most awards of the night -- six.

Meanwhile, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the best director Oscar for 'Locker,' over her ex James Cameron -- who was also competing for his direction of 'Avatar.'

Barbara Streisand gleefully announced, 'Well the time has come,' before saying Bigelow's name. Quentin Tarantino, Lee Daniels and Jason Reitman were the other directors who lost out on the prize.

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Without suspense, Tom Hanks opened the envelope and read 'The Hurt Locker' as best picture winner. The Iraq war drama also walked away with the most awards of the night -- six.

Meanwhile, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the best director Oscar for 'Locker,' over her ex James Cameron -- who was also competing for his direction of 'Avatar.'



Barbara Streisand gleefully announced, 'Well the time has come,' before saying Bigelow's name. Quentin Tarantino, Lee Daniels and Jason Reitman were the other directors who lost out on the prize.

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See Full List of Oscar Winners
Red Carpet Photos
Martin and Baldwin's Monologue
Neil Patrick Harris' Song and Dance
The John Hughes Tribute
Best Dressed | Worst Dressed
Farrah Fawcett Missing From In Memoriam
Best Supporting Actor Mystery
What Is 'The New Tenants'?
Ben Stiller Does His Best Na'vi
Jeff Bridges Wins His First Oscar
Sandra Bullock's Emotional Speech
Our Review of the Oscars Ceremony
Do the Oscars Even Need a Host?
Oscars 2010 Best and Worst Moments

In the acting categories, the winners were all first-timers -- best supporting actor Christoph Waltz for 'Inglourious Basters,' best supporting actress Mo'Nique for 'Precious,' best actor Jeff Bridges for 'Crazy Heart' and best actress Sandra Bullock for 'The Blind Side.'

The night began with a collection of best actor and actress nominees on stage. Following that, Neil Patrick Harris opened with a surprise song and dance number before Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin performed their monologue.

Martin and Baldwin took shots at each other and Meryl Streep, calling her the biggest loser at the awards.

No one was safe from their ridicule. The two put 3-D glasses on when they spotted James Cameron.

After their monologue, Penelope Cruz appeared to present the award for best supporting actor, and 'Basterds' star Waltz continued his awards season domination with a win for playing the unstoppable Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Waltz beat out Matt Damon in 'Invictus,' Woody Harrelson in 'The Messenger,' Christopher Plummer in 'The Last Station' and Stanley Tucci in 'The Lovely Bones.'

Cameron Diaz and Steve Carell then awarded the best animated feature film Oscar to Pixar's 'Up.'

Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett accepted their prize for best original song for the 'Crazy Heart' tune 'The Weary Kind' from Miley Cyrus and Amanda Seyfried.

Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr. reminded the audience what writers want in an actor "memorizing not paraphrasing" but jockeyed about the differences between writers and actors before awarding best original screenplay to Mark Boal for 'The Hurt Locker.' Watch It


Throughout the night, actors introduced the 10 best picture nominees. Ryan Reynolds talked up 'The Blind Side,' Chris Pine announced 'District 9,' Samuel L. Jackson revealed 'Up,' Coen Brothers favorite Jeff Bridges showed off ' A Serious Man,' Colin Firth paired up with 'An Education,' Charlize Theron'Precious,' John Travolta 'Inglourious Basterds,' Jason Bateman for 'Up in the Air,' Keanu Reeves presented 'The Hurt Locker' and Kathy Bates 'Avatar.'

Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick honored the late John Hughes with a touching tribute that included many unforgettable moments from his movies, including 'Sixteen Candles,' 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off,' 'Home Alone' and 'Pretty in Pink.'

Afterward, Macauley Culkin, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, and Jon Cryer joined Ringwald and Broderick on stage.

Flamboyantly dressed Carey Mulligan and Zoe Saldana handed out the best short film animated, best documentary short subject and best short film live action Oscars.

The winners in those categories were, respectively, 'Logorama,' 'Music By Prudence' and 'The New Tenants.'

Ben Stiller provided some laughs during the usual lull in the show by stepping out dressed as an 'Avatar,' and speaking the made-up language of the Na'Vi from the film during his presentation of best makeup, which went to 'Star Trek.'

A surprised and choked up Geoffrey Fletcher earned the big prize in the adapted screenplay category for 'Precious.'

IMo'Niquen place of Heath Ledger, Robin Williams doled out the Academy Award for best supporting actress. Mo'Nique, like Waltz, had won every award leading up to the Oscars for her role as an abusive mother in 'Precious.' Vera Farmiga from 'Up in the Air,' Maggie Gyllenhaal from 'Crazy Heart,' Penelope Cruz from 'Nine' and Anna Kendrick from 'Up in the Air' were left empty handed.

The best art direction award went to 'Avatar.' Fittingly, Sigourney Weaver gave out the honor.

"He directed 'A Single Man' and she weighs a single pound," Martin joked to bring Tom Ford and Sarah Jessica Parker on stage to present best costume design to 'The Young Victoria.'

Before Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart vetted a horror montage, Baldwin and Martin parodied the hit film 'Paranormal Activity' in a short clip.

Nominee herself, Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron teamed up for the best sound editing and mixing awards -- with a little help from Morgan Freeman and his famous voice.

The sound editing and sound mixing Oscars both went to 'The Hurt Locker.'

'W' star Elizabeth Banks then talked about her experience as the host of the Sci-Tech Oscars.

"Dude, make me look good," is what Sandra Bullock told everyone she says to the director of photography of her films. Bullock then announced 'Avatar' as the winner for best cinematography.

Entering the stage to 'Unchained Melody,' 'Ghost' star Demi Moore introduced James Taylor, who sang 'In My Life' as the in memoriam tribute played.

The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers performed to the scores of each nominated film in that category. Afterward, Jennifer Lopez and Sam Worthington honored 'Up' with the Academy Award.

Two hot stars, Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper, presented the award for best visual effects. In an unsurprising move, the 3-D and CGI heavy 'Avatar' earned the Oscar.

'The Cove,' a documentary about the slaughtering of dolphins, garnered the Academy's votes, winning the best documentary feature award.

"They just said my name at the Oscars," Tyler Perry chuckled after Matt Damon awarded best documentary. "I better enjoy it, because it will probably never happen again."

Perry then doled out best film editing to 'The Hurt Locker.'

After Perry came Pedro Almodovar and Quentin Tarantino, who presented Argentinian movie 'El Secreto de sus Ojos' with the award for best foreign film.

To present the award for best actor a best actress, a group of actors gathered on stage to promote their friends, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Vera Farmiga, Julianne Moore, Tim Robbins, Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Michael Sheen, Oprah Winfrey and Stanley Tucci.

Jeff Bridges prevailed over George Clooney, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman and Jeremy Renner for the best actor award for 'Crazy Heart' -- his first Oscar in five nominations. Last year's best actress winner, Kate Winslet, presented Bridges with his prize.

Sandra Bullock, too, earned her best actress award for 'The Blind Side' over Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Gabourey Sidibey, and Meryl Streep. It was her first nomination.

Bridges' spectacular turn as alcoholic musician Bad Blake and Bullock's portrayal of tough southern mama Leigh Ann Tuohy that led them to victory over their peers.

But it was 'The Hurt Locker' that became the biggest movie of the ceremony. It's six wins -- for best picture, best director, original screenplay, film editing, sound editing and sound mixing -- led all the other films.

Rain showers threatened the red carpet entrances of the stars early. But in the end, nothing could stop the fancy of the evening.

After more than three and a half hours, Martin and Baldwin signed off, leaving the stars to their various parties.

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