Monday, March 8, 2010

Hurts So Good

After writing an article for Playboy about his year-long experience following a bomb squad in Iraq (including an IED specialist who defused the most roadside bombs during the war), journalist and Oberlin grad Mark Boal, '95 turned his eye-opening story into the now award-winning screenplay, The Hurt Locker.

The Hurt Locker was nominated for nine Academy Awards and took home six, including Best Picture and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow (the first female to win Best Director), and Original Screenplay for Boal. In his speech, Boal dedicated his Oscar to the troops still in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with those who didn't make it home.

Watch the trailer or read Roger Ebert's review.

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