"The Hurt Locker"
Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
The prize for best editing went to the husband-and-wife team of Bob Murawski and Chris Innis for their work on the whiplash tense "The Hurt Locker." It was the first nomination for both.
"Thank you to the academy for giving this award to a movie that was made without compromise," Murawski said. "We didn't have any preview screenings or focus groups or studio notes. Everybody made the movie we wanted to make."
The category seemed as much as any other to demonstrate the diversity of films nominated this year, finding a place for the technically cutting-edge science fiction of "Avatar," a blending of fantastical special-effects work with a faux documentary structure in "District 9," the un-historical WWII action epic of "Inglourious Basterds" and the bracing domestic drama of "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," alongside the modern combat drama of "The Hurt Locker."