Kathryn Bigelow made Oscars history when she became the first female to land the top director honour, beating ex-husband James Cameron in the process.
Calling the huge win "the moment of a lifetime," Bigelow dedicated the award to "the women and men in the military who risk their lives on a daily basis in Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world."
The gritty film also claimed the night's sound awards, film editing and original screenplay prizes - as it collected six of the nine accolades it was nominated for.
Avatar, the world's biggest grossing movie ever, was a triple winner and Up, Crazy Heart and Precious won double.
All the pre-show favourites won the big acting prizes with Jeff Bridges claiming Best Actor, Sandra Bullock Best Actress, Mo'Nique Best Supporting Actress and Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor.
Bigelow led what became a great night for firsts - Bullock became the first star to land a Golden Raspberry dishonour the same year as an Oscar - she picked up the Worst Actress Razzie for All About Steve on Saturday (06Mar10); Bridges won his first Oscar for Crazy Heart after five attempts, and 33 of 39 Academy Award winners took home their first Oscars, with The Hurt Locker trio of Bigelow, writer Mark Boal and sound editor Paul N.J. Ottosson picking up their first and second accolades at the 82nd annual prizegiving.
The full list of winners at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood is:
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Best Animated Feature Film: Up
Best Original Song: The Weary Kind by Ryan Bingham & T-Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart)
Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker)
Best Animated Short: Logorama
Best Documentary Short: Music by Prudence
Best Live Action Short: The New Tenants
Best Make-Up: Barney Burman, Mindy Hall & Joel Harlow (Star Trek)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire)
Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique (Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire)
Best Art Direction: Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg & Kim Sinclair (Avatar)
Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell (The Young Victoria)
Best Sound Editing: Paul N.J. Ottosson (The Hurt Locker)
Best Sound Mixing: Paul N.J. Ottosson & Ray Beckett (The Hurt Locker)
Best Cinematography: Mauro Fiore (Avatar)
Best Original Score: Michael Giacchino (Up)
Best Visual Effects: Andrew R. Jones, Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum & Richard Baneham (Avatar)
Best Documentary Feature: The Cove
Best Film Editing: Bob Murawski & Chris Innis (The Hurt Locker)
Best Foreign Language Film: El secreto de sus ojos (Argentina)
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
In Hollywood today, who's got "Maximum Star Power?"
Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise, that's who. The three all tied for the title of Hollywood's most bankable star in the StarPower 2002 survey conducted by The Hollywood Reporter.
The poll ranked 1,000 actors on their bankability with a top score being 100. Hanks, Cruise and Roberts all reached the ultimate "maximum" mark.
Other top-rated male stars included Mel Gibson with a 98.68, Jim Carrey at 98.46, George Clooney at 95.18 and Russell Crowe with 94.74
After Roberts, the next female in the lineup was Sandra Bullock with an 87.28, then Cameron Diaz at 84.87 and Nicole Kidman at 84.65, all claiming "Strong Star Power."
Two African-Americans, Will Smith and Denzel Washington, also ranked within the "maximum" range with 89.91 and 89.04, respectively.
Apparently, being nominated or winning an Academy Award factors into a celebrity's star power. Both Roberts and Crowe were further down on the list when the last survey was conducted in 1999 but since winning their Oscars have skyrocketed on the bankable charts. Roberts is now the highest-paid female star, commanding a $20 million paycheck.
Of the top 20 finishers in this year's poll, 12 have been nominated for an Academy Award in acting categories. Eight have won.
"Certainly at the upper levels, you are seeing some strides being made," John Burman, editor of The Hollywood Reporter's International Edition, told Reuters. "We are pointing in the right direction, but there's still a way to go."
Burman said the survey polled 114 executives at major studios and independent companies, financiers and various industry players from around the world.