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The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

Date: Apr 14 2010

Themes: News

Grammar: Comparatives and Superlatives


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History was made at this year’s Oscars. For the first time, a woman won the award for Best Director. The movie she won for, The Hurt Locker, also won the award for Best Picture. And it might not be the kind of film you would expect a female director to make.

The Hurt Locker is a hard-hitting, action-packed war movie. It tells the story of a special team of soldiers whose job is to disarm roadside bombs in Iraq. Devan recently saw the film. Find out if she thinks it deserved to win the award for Best Picture.


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Jeff:  Did you happen to catch the Oscars?

Devan:  I did. It was pretty interesting. There were some monumental things that happened.

Jeff:  Do you know some movies that won an Oscar?

Devan:  Yeah, well that’s what I was talking about, like there was a history-making moment where the winner of Best Director was Kathryn Bigelow, who directed The Hurt Locker, and she’s the first woman to ever win Best Director at the Academy Awards. So that was pretty cool.

Jeff:  Have you seen the movie?

Devan:  Yeah. It’s about a bomb squad in Iraq, so it’s about like the Iraq war. And, you know, it just kind of brings a lot of questions to mind, like what would it be like to do such a dangerous job.

Jeff:  You think it deserved to win the Best Picture award?

Devan:  I definitely think so. I think that it’s the best of all the movies that have come out about the Iraq war. And it’s really interesting that a woman directed this like really heavy war film, you know, that’s usually like associated with like male directors. So, that was really interesting, too.

Jeff:  And it’s relevant to current issues in our world.

Devan:  Yeah, exactly.


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The Hurt Locker won the Academy Award for Best Picture this year. The director of the film, Katheryn Bigelow, also won an award. She became the first woman in history to win an Oscar for Best Director.

Devan saw the The Hurt Locker and was impressed by it. She says it is a serious war movie that talks about important issues and raises interesting questions. She also thinks it is interesting that The Hurt Locker was directed by a woman, since war movies are typically associated with male directors.

Is it surprising to you that a woman directed a hard-hitting war movie? Do you think it’s important for films to talk about current issues like the war in Iraq?



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I think is so important and surprising that women come out movies about war. Ibelive  that's important to the movies try diferent issue.

03:16 PM Apr 14 2010 |




I haven't seen it yet! I'm looking forward to seeing…

03:12 PM Apr 14 2010 |



women is half sky

12:22 PM Apr 14 2010 |



women is half sky

12:22 PM Apr 14 2010 |



i'm not surprised at all because nowadays women are equal to men in every field of work. i don't like films talking about current issues especially war since they don't tell the truth.

07:58 AM Apr 14 2010 |


United States

Sounds like "Johnny Got His Gun" a WWI based movie. 

05:45 AM Apr 14 2010 |


Viet Nam

I haven't seen it. EOD – explosive ordnance deposal team work is deadly an occupation in the military. I saw a similarly related movie about the love of a WAC medic for a disfigured EOD teamster in an Army hospital. The movie was a Vietnamese one, titled Nguoi Tinh Khong Chan Dung, literally meaning The Lover Without A Figure. Weird is that a woman who directed the film now leading to an Oscar prize!

05:32 AM Apr 14 2010 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

yes, i think  Is it surprising that a woman directed a hard-hitting war movie and i  think it’s important for films to talk about current issues like the war in Iraq.

both are matter

05:03 AM Apr 14 2010 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

receiving the academy award is so delightful let alone giving it to a woman,the hurt locker might lock your heart in front of all other movies about Iraq war

a lot of thanks Catherin

04:57 AM Apr 14 2010 |




 jeff is new guy in englishbaby .right? i  have  never seen him before…....Tongue out

04:24 AM Apr 14 2010 |




THE HURT LOCKER which movie i have saw for a long tome ago is just so so .but the conversetion is perfect for me to learn english

02:26 AM Apr 14 2010 |




I saw Hur Locker, and I loved the pictures ,the story.  Really, it is a great movie.

02:04 AM Apr 14 2010 |



I love movies, especially those make people think again and again.

01:17 AM Apr 14 2010 |



Yes it is surprising that a woman directed a hard hitting war movie. It is even more surprising that the movie won the Academy award for best picture.

Yes I think it is important for films to talk about current issues in the world. It is only relevant to do so.

Great lesson guys! Keep it up! I really enjoyed it learning!

Thanks a lot team of E!Baby!!!Laughing

01:04 AM Apr 14 2010 |


United States

This movie ROCKEDEOD are the bravest guys on the battlefield.  I was glad to see this win.  Avatar….just looked stupid.  If I want to see blue people I will watch re-runs of the Smurfs!Surprised

12:20 AM Apr 14 2010 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

it's very interesting that a woman is the best director

05:22 AM Apr 08 2010 |

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