Just seconds after Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win Best Director, Tom Hanks wasted no time in announcing that her film, "The Hurt Locker," had taken the evening's biggest prize, making it 6-for-9 on the night.
"Thank you so much. This has been such a dream. Beyond a dream for all of us who have lived for so long with this story," said Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal. "And, you know, we had this fantasy of making our film our way with the talent that we hoped to have. And hopefully, we would find a distributor and somebody might even like the movie.
"So to be standing here, this was really, truly, honestly never part of anything we even imagined in our wildest dreams. So thank you so much to each and every member of the Academy for really honoring us beyond anything we could've ever imagined."
"Perhaps one more dedication, added Bigelow. "To men and women all over the world who... Sorry to reiterate, but wear a uniform, but even not just the military – HazMat, emergency, firemen. They're there for us and we're there for them. Thank you. Thank you."