Wednesday, 23 December 2009

the first female director to win an oscar goes to...

Kathryn Bigelow?

There's a better than good chance that she'll be nominated for THE HURT LOCKER, which seems to be on every critics year-end best list.

There's a good chance she'll take it home, too.

The fun part?

There's a good chance James Cameron will also be nominated - for AVATAR.

And therein lies a good-old Tracy-Hepburn Adam's Rib kinda showdown. (Written by husband and wife team Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin!)

Exes battling for the same award.

Martin Scorsese never had to have a showdown with Julia Cameron or Isabella Rosselini.

Strong women? Yes. Creative? Yes. Directors? Not really.

What next -- Sofia Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola nominated against each other?

It's not that they mind us making movies, or playing instruments, or even sports. As long as they don't have to have us around the tour bus, the locker room, or cutting into their share of the glory.

Is this some kind of first step? I don't know. Is Kathryn Bigelow the best female director out there? I don't know. Are prizes and art inherently suspect? Absolutely. Does it hurt that it's a war film instead of a chick flick? Rhetorical.

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