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The Hurt Locker wins at Baftas


22 February 2010

The British film awards, the Baftas, have just been announced.

The big winner was the film 'The Hurt Locker' which won six awards including Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow.

Rebecca Jones

Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow


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Dustin Hoffman:
"The Bafta goes to 'The Hurt Locker'."

And with those words David beat Goliath as the low-budget war film 'The Hurt Locker' triumphed over Avatar, the special effects blockbuster, and the highest grossing movie of all time.

Both films had eight nominations but it was 'The Hurt Locker', which follows an American bomb disposal unit in Iraq, that won six awards, including Best Film and its director, Kathryn Bigelow, became the first woman to be named Best Director in Bafta's history.

Kathryn Bigelow:
"We are just so deeply honoured and humbled to be recognised for putting a bit of a spotlight on a very, very difficult situation. It means everything to us, it's beyond our wildest imagination, thank you."

The British film 'An Education' had also been nominated for eight awards, but in the end had to settle for just the one. Its star Carey Mulligan was named Best Actress. She had been the favourite to win, but still appeared surprised.

Carey Mulligan:
"I really didn't expect this at all, so I didn't think of anything to say. Thank you so much, Bafta, that's just, thank you so much."

Another Briton, Colin Firth, won Best Actor, for his role in Tom Ford's 'A Single Man' while Christoph Waltz was named Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a Nazi colonel in 'Inglourious Basterds' and Best Supporting Actress went to Mo'Nique for 'Precious'.

But the night belonged to 'The Hurt Locker'.

Rebecca Jones, BBC Arts Correspondent


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David beat Goliath

something small unexpectedly won in competition against something big


made for a comparatively small amount of money

triumphed over


the special effects blockbuster

the expensive and very commercially successful film with lots of digital technology used to create scenes and characters


official notifications that a film is in a small group, one of which will win an award

bomb disposal unit

a team of soldiers whose job is to work with bombs and try to stop them from exploding in a dangerous way

beyond our wildest imagination

more than we had expected

had to settle for

had to accept something less than they had hoped for

the night belonged to

the most successful and talked about film of the evening

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