Kathryn BigelowThe moral of last night's Oscars may be that when there is a clear choice among the pictures nominated, the Academy will likely honor it no matter what. Kathryn Bigelow's 'The Hurt Locker' was so clearly the best movie on the Best Picture ballot that it won despite its dismal box office performance, a dunderheaded e-mail from one of its producers pitching it to Academy members and a week's worth of bad press during the voting period.

And it didn't just win Best Picture, it virtually swept the show, winning six of the nine awards for which it was nominated -- including one for its director, shattering an 81-year-old shutout of women -- and in their six head-to-head matchups, 'The Hurt Locker' beat 'Avatar' 5-1.
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