The Hurt Locker Wins Best Picture
The Hurt Locker was the 18th independent film to win Best Picture in the past 30 years. Since 1982, IFTA Members have been involved with the financing, development, production and U.S. and international distribution for 63 percent of the Oscar-winning Best Pictures, including: Gandhi (1982); Amadeus (1984); Platoon (1986); The Last Emperor (1987); Driving Miss Daisy (1989); Dances With Wolves (1990); The Silence of the Lambs (1991); Braveheart (1995); The English Patient (1996); Shakespeare in Love (1998); Chicago (2002); The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003); Million Dollar Baby (2004); Crash (2005); The Departed (2006); No Country for Old Men (2007) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008).
"The Academy Awards, capped by the triumph of The Hurt Locker, celebrate the diversity, quality and creativity of independent films, and we are visible evidence that those films matter to our industry and our audiences," said IFTA president/CEO Jean Prewitt. "We congratulate the artists, risk-takers and entrepreneurs of the independent film community and our IFTA members for their extraordinary success this season."
Voltage president and IFTA board member Nicolas Chartier was one of The Hurt Locker's producers. The film also won Oscards for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing.
Other IFTA member flms receiving Oscars were: Inglourious Basterds (Best Supporting Actor, The Weinstein Company), Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (Best Adapted Screenplay, Lionsgate), The Cove (Best Documentary Feature, The Works), and The Young Victoria (Best Costume Design, GK Films).