The Hurt Locker


"The Hurt Locker," winner of the 2008 Venice Film Festival SIGNIS Grand Prize, is a riveting, suspenseful portrait of the courage under fire of the military’s unrecognized heroes: the technicians of a bomb squad who volunteer to challenge the odds and save lives in one of the world’s most dangerous places. Three members of the Army’s elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad battle insurgents and each other as they search for and disarm a wave of roadside bombs on the streets of Baghdad—in order to try and make the city a safer place for Iraqis and Americans alike. Their mission is clear—protect and save—but it’s anything but easy, as the margin of error when defusing a war-zone bomb is zero. This thrilling and heart-pounding look at the effects of combat and danger on the human psyche is based on the first-hand observations of journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who was embedded with a special bomb unit in Iraq. These men spoke of explosions as putting you in “the hurt locker.

82nd Academy Award Winners!

The Academy has spoken...check out the full list of winners of the 82nd Academy Awards below!

Miracle Fish was released in 2009.

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LIVE! Chat About ‘Oscar’ Winners as They're Announced!

Chat about this year's Oscar winners LIVE as they happen right here at MovieWeb with your fellow film lovers! We're be updating the winners list as they happen during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, so get in on the conversation below!

Inglourious Basterds was released August 21st, 2009.

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‘The Hurt Locker’ Producer Nicolas Chartier Banned from Oscar Ceremony Celebration

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that, should The Hurt Locker be announced as the recipient of the Best Picture award at Sunday's ceremonies, only three of the picture's producers will be present for the celebration. The fourth of the film's credited producers, Nicolas Chartier, has been denied attendance at the 82nd Academy Awards as a penalty for violating Academy campaigning standards.

Chartier had recently disseminated an email to certain Academy voters and other film industry figures in which he solicited votes for his own picture and disparaged one of the other contending films. Academy rules prohibit "casting a negative or derogatory light on a competing film." The executive committee of the Academy's Producers Branch, at a special session late Monday, ruled that the ethical lapse merited the revocation of Chartier's invitation to the Awards.

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‘The Hurt Locker’ Producer Apologizes for Anti-‘Avatar’ Oscar Related Emails

A producer of one of this year's 10 Best Picture nominees has found himself in some trouble after some negative emails surfaced. The Associated Press is reporting that The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier has apologized for the negative emails he sent out regarding James Cameron's Avatar.

It was also reported that the emails violated Academy rules, which bans any mailings that, "attempt to promote any film or achievement by casting a negative light on a competing film or achievement," according to Academy rep Leslie Unger. The Academy could punish Chartier for the rule violation, which could include taking away his Oscar tickets or not extending an invitation to join the Academy, but it was believed that the punishment wouldn't be announced until after the Oscar voting has completed, which ends tomorrow at 5 PM PST.

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The 2010 Writers Guild of America Awards Winners

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) tonight announced the winners of the 2010 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, and videogame writing at simultaneous ceremonies at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City and the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Susie Essman of Curb Your Enthusiasm hosted the East Coast show, which was executive produced by Craig Shemin, who was also the head writer. Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) hosted the West Coast show, which was executive produced by Spike Jones, Jr.

The Writers Guild of America, East presented special honors to: Alan Zweibel - Ian McLellan Hunter Lifetime Achievement Award; Gary David Goldberg - Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence; Edward Albee - Evelyn F. Burkey Award for contributions bringing honor and dignity to writers everywhere; David Steven Cohen - Jablow Award for devoted service to the Guild, and Philippa Leverman - John Merriman Award for Study of Broadcast Journalism at American University. In addition, the Writers Guild of America, East Foundation presented the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting to Antal Zambo of Wayne State University.

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The ‘82nd Annual Academy Award’ Nominations Are In!

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Oscar-nominated actress Anne Hathaway arose early this morning to announce The 82nd Annual Academy Award nominations. Avatar tied with The Hurt Locker for most recognized film of 2009, with both garnering nine nominations each.

Oscars will be given out when The 82nd Annual Academy Award airs live on Sunday, March 7th from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Only on ABC. This year, a total of ten films were nominated for best picture.

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2010 Writers Guild of America Nominations Announced

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the past year. Winners will be honored at the 2010 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

The Hangover, Written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore; Warner Bros.

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Directors Guild Nominations Announced

James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow among the nominees.