‘Hurt Locker’ Leads Way as Indie Films Make Strong Oscar Showing

Independent movies took home a dozen Academy Awards, compared with nine for studio films

Last Updated: March 8, 2010 @ 12:49 PM

Once again, it was a great night at the Oscars for independent films, which outscored studio pictures 12-to-9 in statuettes, according to the Independent Film & Television Alliance.

Summit Entertainment and Voltage Pictures’ "The Hurt Locker" led the way, accounting for half of the dozen Oscars to indies. Its Best Picture win brought to18 the number of independent films earning the Academy’s top trophy in the past 30 years, IFTA said.

“Tonight’s Academy Awards, capped by the triumph of ‘The Hurt Locker,’ celebrate the diversity, quality and creativity of independent films, and are visible evidence that those films matter to our industry and our audiences,” IFTA president-CEO Jean Prewitt said in a statement.

Independent films receiving Oscars, in addition to "Hurt Locker," were the Weinstein Co.’s "Inglourious Basterds," Lionsgate’s "Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire," Argentine foreign-language film winner "El Secreto de Sus Ojos," documentary feature "The Cove" from The Works and GK Films’ "The Young Victoria."