by Wendy Wan
Kathryn Bigelow this morning became the first women in Hollywood history to win a Best Director award for her war film, The Hurt Locker.
She triumphed over her ex-husband James Cameron, who was nominated in the same category for his big budget moive Avatar.
Both films were up for nine awards, with the highest grossing film Avatar walking away with three awards and The Hurt Locker taking home six of the golden statuettes.
Winning the Oscar Bigelow called it “the moment of a lifetime” and dedicated her award to “the people who risk their lives on a daily basis in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
The Brits led a charge for the Oscars with Helen Mirren and Carey Mulligan both nominated for the Best Actress award, but losing out to Sandra Bullock for her role in The Blind Side.
Another Brit Colin Firth was nominated for Best Actor, but left empty handed losing the award to Jeff Bridges. Firth had won rave reviews of his portrayal of a gay college professor in A Single Man and had won the Bafta award for Best Actor.