Year: 2009 (82nd) Academy Awards
Category: Writing (Original Screenplay)
Film Title: The Hurt Locker
Winner: Written by Mark Boal
Presenter: Tina Fey, Robert Downey Jr.
Date & Venue: March 7, 2010; Kodak Theatre
Oh my god. Wow. Thank you, Academy. You honor me and humble me with this more than, more than you know. I was a reporter back from Iraq with the idea for a story about these men on the frontlines of an unpopular war. I thought it might make a movie. The result wildly exceeded my expectations, and that is thanks to so many people. To Summit Entertainment. To our amazing cast and crew. And most of all, to one extraordinary individual and visionary filmmaker, Kathryn Bigelow. This belongs to you.
I would also like to thank and dedicate this to the troops: The hundred and fifteen thousand who are still in Iraq, the hundred and twenty thousand in Afghanistan, and the more than thirty thousand wounded and four thousand who have not made it home. And to my father who didn't live to see this, but inspired me and got me up here. He passed away a month ago. He would've really liked this a lot. Thanks, Dad. Thank you.
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