The winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay goes to The Hurt Locker. In his acceptance speech, screenwriter Mark Boal talked about his background as a reporter in Iraq who thought his experiences would make a good movie. He stated that the film went far beyond his expectations and he owed that to director, Kathryn Bigelow. He also dedicated his award to the thousands of troops still serving overseas and his father who passed away a month ago.

See who he beat out this year in the Best Original Screenplay category…

The nominees for Best Original Screenplay were:

Marc Boal – The Hurt Locker – An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James (Jeremy Renner), takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Eldridge (Brian Geraghty), by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he’s indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James’ true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.

Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds – Set during WWII in Nazi-occupied France, where a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are sent in to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by killing Nazis in as many obscene ways as possible.

Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman – The Messenger – A solider (BenFoster) is pulled been from battle and is paired-up with a seasoned officer (Woody Harrelson) to do possibly the hardest job in the army — inform people that their loved have been killed. The young solider gets in trouble when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen – A Serious Man – The story centers around Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), a Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because her brother-in-law won’t move out.

Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy – Up – The film is about 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen who embarks on an adventure to South America by tying thousands of balloons to his house and allowing his house to float down south. Midair, Carl receives a knock at his door and discovers 8-year-old Russell on his front porch.

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