Oscar® triumph for EIFF prems
It was a glittering night in Hollywood - and a happy occasion on Edinburgh's Lothian Road - as EIFF prems scooped statuettes on the biggest night in the film calendar.
Director Kathryn Bigelow followed up on her BAFTA bashing of ex James Cameron, with war feature The Hurt Locker picking up 6 Academy Awards® for Best Picture, Directing, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Writing (Original Screenplay).
The drama based on the work of a bomb disposal unit in Iraq won plaudits around the globe, and was a UK Premiere at the 2009 Festival.
Meanwhile, independent Irish feature The Secret of Kells was a long-shot to win Best Animated Feature, running against a host of big budget studio productions.
Alas, it wasn't to be but director Tomm Moore has the comfort of his Standard Life Audience Award from EIFF 2009.