The Hurt Locker ahead in the Oscar race Sunday night as the film captured the best film trophy at Britain's BAFTA awards. It also took the best director award for Kathryn Bigelow. Indeed, the low-budget film about a U.S. bomb-disposal unit in Iraq took six of the eight awards for which it was nominated, nearly all of them in competition with Avatar, which won only for visual effects and production design. Not only did Avatar director James Cameron have to sit through the ceremonies watching ex-wife Bigelow accepting the top honors, but he also had to steel himself against numerous quips about the film from award presenters and host Jonathan Ross, who at one point remarked that Avatar is "such an unstoppable juggernaut that I assumed it was made by Toyota." Although mostly American films dominated the list of nominees, the top acting awards went to British actors, Colin Firth for A Single Man and Carey Mulligan for An Education. In his acceptance speech Firth remarked that he had been about to send an email to director Tom Ford declining his offer to star in the film when he was interrupted by a refrigerator repairman. "All I know is, don't ever press 'send' until you have had your fridge repaired," Firth remarked.

22/02/2010