WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
The Hurt Locker - written by Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds - written by Quentin Tarantino
The Messenger - written by Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman
A Serious Man - written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Up - screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy
I LOVED the interplay between Tina Fey and Robert Downey, Jr. They were funny and looked like they may have even rehearsed. Or, possibly read what they would be doing beforehand.
Also, I liked that Up pretty much did what tina Fey said all acting would be. Something that the writers (or directors) could fix on a laptop alone.
Mark Boal won for The Hurt Locker. I did not expect that, but I am happy he won. It was a grand movie. And Kathryn Bigelow gets a shout-out, as do the troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan (and Mark's dad).