The Hurt Locker, the 2009 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, follows a team of bomb disposal experts during the final month of their tour of duty in Iraq. Jeremy portrays Sgt. William James, the maverick team leader who has a penchant for ignoring safety rules. Sgt. James' seemingly reckless behavior causes tension among the team members. Throughout the film, the team encounters snipers, insurgents, and roadside bombs, all of which could claim any or all of their lives before their tour of duty is complete.
For his performance in The Hurt Locker, Jeremy received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He also received BAFTA, Screen Actor's Guild, Critics' Choice, Independent Spirit, San Diego Film Critics' Society, Vancouver Film Critics Circle, Washington D.C. Area Critics Association, Chlotrudis, and Teen Choice award nominations. He was also nominated for the "Breakthrough" award at the Gotham Awards. Further, he won Best Actor from the National Society of Film Critics, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, and the Online Film Critics Society. He also won the Hollywood Breakthrough Performance Award from the Hollywood Film Festival, the National Board of Review, and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Additionally, he won 2nd place at the Southeastern Film Critics Association awards, and 3rd place at the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association awards and the New York Film Critics Circle awards.
The film also won "Best Ensemble Cast" at the Gotham awards and Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association awards, and was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast" at the Screen Actors Guild awards.
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