PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Hurt Locker,' Bigelow big Oscar winners

LOS ANGELES -- The Iraq War drama ''The Hurt Locker'' won best picture and five other prizes Sunday at the Academy Awards, its haul including best director for Kathryn Bigelow.

Bigelow is the first woman in the 82-year history of the Oscars to earn Hollywood's top prize for filmmakers.

''There's no other way to describe it. It's the moment of a lifetime,'' Bigelow said. ''It's so extraordinary to be in the company of my fellow nominees, such powerful filmmakers, who have inspired me and I have admired, some of them for decades.''

Among those Bigelow and ''The Hurt Locker'' beat are ex-husband James Cameron and his sci-fi spectacle ''Avatar.'' Bigelow and Cameron were married from 1989-91.

Cameron was seated right behind Bigelow at the Oscars and joined a standing ovation for her, clapping vigorously and saying, ''Yes, yes'' after she won.

First-time winners took all four acting prizes: Sandra Bullock as best actress for ''The Blind Side;'' Jeff Bridges as best actor for ''Crazy Heart;'' Mo'Nique as supporting actress for ''Precious;'' and Christoph Waltz as supporting actor for ''Inglourious Basterds.''

Brooke Burke to co-host 'Dancing with the Stars'

NEW YORK -- Former ''Dancing With the Stars'' winner Brooke Burke will be Tom Bergeron's new partner when the series starts again later month.

She'll replace Samantha Harris as co-host. Bergeron made the announcement Monday on ABC's ''Good Morning America.''

Mark Linkous, leader of band Sparklehorse, dies at age 47

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mark Linkous, the singer-songwriter who released his music under the band name Sparklehorse, has died after shooting himself in the chest in Tennessee. He was 47.

Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said Linkous shot himself outside a friend's house about 1:20 p.m. Saturday with his own rifle. DeBusk said Linkous was staying with friends and became upset after receiving a text message.