Director Kathryn Bigelow locks up historic Oscar victory with ‘Hurt Locker’

By Christy Lemire, AP
Monday, March 8, 2010

Director Bigelow makes history with ‘Hurt Locker’

LOS ANGELES — Kathryn Bigelow made Oscar history Sunday night, becoming the first woman to win best director at the Academy Awards for her gritty Iraq war saga “The Hurt Locker.”

Bigelow’s film, which also won best picture, follows the dangerous daily existence of an Army bomb defusal team. It earned six Oscars, including one for Mark Boal’s original screenplay, based on his time as a journalist embedded with such a unit.

“There is no other way to describe it — it’s the moment of a lifetime,” Bigelow said, her voice quivering. She dedicated the award to the military men and women serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world: “May they come home safe.”

Bigelow was the fourth woman nominated for the prize, following Sofia Coppola for 2003’s “Lost in Translation,” Jane Campion for 1993’s “The Piano” and Lina Wertmuller for 1975’s “Seven Beauties.” She was the front runner heading into the Academy Awards.

Barbra Streisand, director of films including “Yentl” and “The Prince of Tides,” walked out on stage to present the category.

“Well, the time has come,” Streisand said before announcing Bigelow’s win.

Bigelow also bested ex-husband James Cameron, who was up for directing the sci-fi blockbuster “Avatar” — and she’d been sitting directly in front of him all night during the Oscar ceremony. Much has been made about the former spouses competing against each other, but their split was amicable and the two since have supported each other professionally. As Bigelow’s victory was announced, Cameron could be seen clapping and saying, “Yes, yes.”

Backstage, reporters repeatedly tried to coax her to dish on her ex, but she was abidingly diplomatic.

“I think he’s an extraordinary filmmaker,” she said, when asked what it was like to beat him.

Bigelow had already been a pioneer for decades, having built a career making action pictures like “Point Break” and “K-19: The Widowmaker,” usually male-dominated territory. But at the Directors Guild of America Awards, where she won the top honor, Bigelow said: “I suppose I like to think of myself as a filmmaker” — not a female filmmaker.

And now, she can think of herself as an Oscar winner.

March 9, 2010: 7:12 am

Great post!

Its one of the best movies i have seen. Katherine has done a great job in Hurt Locker.

March 8, 2010: 9:21 pm

hey you should hear about this girl named rachel bry who I used to date. She lived in greenfield, ma at 34 glennbrook drive greenfield, ma 01301 she had like 10 cats. This girl was a raging alchoholic, cutter and chain smoker. And she wanted to go into nursing, to help people. I feel sorry for her “patients” why do people are crazy or unstable always want to go into the healthcare field, its funny how that works out. Oh this girl has this huge tatoo on her hands and feet and claims she was abused when she was younger by her father and her mother was complicit in it as well. Its hard to say for sure, but I can tell you this I know that she did get several DUIS when I knew her, and she did also like to abuse men and got off by mistreating people she was a true mistress. Her name was rachel bry and her date of birth was 4-15-1979 and her masss drivers license number is on google just search for it. I found several other posts with information about this girl, and I knew her for five years so I know that this information is accurate and correct. There are also pictures of her online as well.

March 8, 2010: 2:04 pm

I saw the movie, and I thought it was “OK”. I don’t understand why they won an award…it didn’t “WOW” me…

March 8, 2010: 11:22 am

justice is served :)

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