'The Hurt Locker'
A war reporter turned screenwriter, Mark Boal spent time embedded with American bomb disposal experts in Iraq. From his experience was born his original screenplay for "The Hurt Locker," a high-stress, vérité-style drama that details a few months in the lives of bomb technicians working the front lines.
"Oh, my God, thank you," Boal said upon accepting his award. "You honor me and humble me more than you know."
Boal dedicated his award to U.S. troops currently in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also thanked director Kathryn Bigelow and his father, who passed away a month ago.