'Hurt Locker' Is 'The Voice Of A Generation,' Star Anthony Mackie Says

Actor is proud of how Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq war movie did so much on a small budget.

In the epic Oscar battle between nine-time-nominated movies "Avatar" and "Hurt Locker," Kathryn Bigelow's war movie came out the clear winner, with six awards to the three won by ex-husband James Cameron's alien adventure.

"Hurt Locker" star Anthony Mackie credits the film's critical success to its "traditional" style, in contrast to the flashier "Avatar." "I'm feeling very confident," Mackie told MTV News on the Oscar red carpet. "I think when you look at movie-making, 'Hurt Locker' is the epitome of traditional Hollywood movie-making."

Mackie said their tale of an American bomb squad in Iraq was the little flick that could. "With $11 million to do what we did, I feel like there's no film that can say that," said the actor, who was a great sport in MTV News' Oscar spoof this year. "There's no film that can say they epitomized the voice of a generation the way 'Hurt Locker' did. I feel ecstatic to be a part of it."

"Hurt Locker" won Best Picture, and Bigelow became the first woman in Academy Award history to win for Best Directing. Other wins included Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Writing (Original Screenplay). "Avatar" won Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.

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