And the big BAFTA Award winner is ... not Avatar

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

As award season marched on, the Iraq war pic The Hurt Locker scored top awards for the British BAFTAs on Sunday, besting Avatar for best film and director, and took four other awards. James Cameron's Avatar only managed two technical awards, for production design and special visual effects.

It was a big win for Cameron's ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, who is the first woman to be honored with a best-directing BAFTA award.

On the other hand, Twilight's Kristen Stewart scooped up the BAFTA Orange Rising Star award, which is voted on by the public. Other winners included Pixar-Disney's 3-D Up, which bagged best animated film and music, while director Duncan Jones took outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer for Moon.

Meanwhile, The Hurt Locker also snagged the top honor at the WGA Awards on Saturday, for Mark Boal's original screenplay, topping Avatar. And Up in the Air bested Star Trek for best screenplay adaptation.

While the Brits and the writers were not showering big awards on Avatar, the sound editor's Golden Reels Awards showed sci-fi some love on Saturday. Avatar received two Golden Reels for film, while Up and District 9 also grabbed one award each. In television, Syfy's Battlestar Galactica picked up two awards, while HBO's True Blood and The Penguins of Madagascar each won one.

With every additional win for Cameron's Avatar and Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, momentum builds, and it's adding up to one interesting race for the Oscars on Sunday, March 7.

Did the Brits, the writers and the sound editors get their awards right?

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