I agree that Avatar was visually spectacular (in 3-D), but the story was quite ho hum, predictable, etc. I'm glad Hurt LOcker won the award. Even though I have not seen Hurt Locker yet I believe that it will prove to be a much more rounded and poignant movie. Avatar was VERY captivating, and I think I have the "proof". I normally hate going to theaters, and generally refuse, due to all the rude talking, cellphone using, chair kicking, morons out there. That is unless I'm mega excited about a fantasy fiction movie or I have some other highly compelling reason. I have only gone to a few movies in the last 10 years: LOTR multiple times each movie (of course) and Dark Knight (because my friend was supposed to be in it). I sorta broke my rule to see Avatar due to the 3-D hype. I was amazed that there were no distractions during the whole movie - well, okay one, one baby cried for about 2 seconds, but other than that I don't think anyone hardly moved the entire time. About 2/3 way through I noticed my arms had fallen asleep because I had not moved. I am quite interested in seeing Hurt Locker on DVD.