In an Oscar showdown that has been taking shape for weeks, “The Hurt Locker” — a compelling but little-seen film about the Iraq war that
cost just $11 million — beat out “Avatar,” the visually stunning sci-fi
thriller that cost an estimated $400 million but has become the
highest-grossing film in movie history, bringing in $720 million in
United States alone. Each had come into Sunday’s Oscar ceremony with
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