82nd annual Academy Awards under way in Los Angeles; ‘Avatar,’ ‘Hurt Locker’ lead nominees

By David Germain, AP
Sunday, March 7, 2010

Oscars under way; ‘Avatar,”Locker’ lead nominees

LOS ANGELES — The 82nd annual Oscars are under way in Los Angeles.

An introduction of lead acting nominees and a song-and-dance number by Neil Patrick Harris opened Sunday night’s show before hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin took over.

“Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker” are the favorites in an expanded field of 10 best-picture nominees. Each has nine nominations.

Favorites in the top acting categories are Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side” and Jeff Bridges for “Crazy Heart.”

On the Net:

Academy Awards: www.oscars.org

March 8, 2010: 4:42 am

And the Academy Award goes to… a 3D printer. This year at the 82nd annual Academy Awards (3/7), movie stars will be sharing the spotlight with breakthrough technology. Avatar, nominated for best picture – along with art direction and visual effects – and Coraline, nominated for best animated feature film, were brought to the big screen thanks to innovative 3D printing (or rapid prototyping) technology by Objet Geometries.

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