Bridges earns best-actor Oscar for `Crazy Heart'

Jeff Bridges accepts the Oscar for best performance by an actor in a leading role for "Crazy Heart" at the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday, March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

March 7, 2010 8:52:46 PM PST
Jeff Bridges has won the best-actor Academy Award for his turn as a boozy country singer trying to clean up his act in "Crazy Heart."

The Oscar marks a career peak for Bridges, a beloved Hollywood veteran who had been nominated four times in the previous 38 years without winning.

Supporting-acting Oscars went to Mo'Nique for "Precious" and Christoph Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds."

The Iraq War thriller "The Hurt Locker" has the lead with four awards, including original screenplay and film editing. The science-fiction blockbuster "Avatar" has three, including visual effects and cinematography.

"Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" came in tied for the lead with nine nominations each.