“Celebrating the success of “The Hurt Locker,” Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, and Greg Shapiro backstage during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 7, 2010.”
Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman ever to win the best director Oscar for her film “The Hurt Locker.” A firm favorite to win, even with Avatar hogging the limelight, the movie bagged six Academy Awards, including best original screenplay for Mark Boal and the coveted best film award.
When Bigelow was asked about her achievement as a woman director, she said she thought herself as filmmaker and longs “for the day when a modifer can be a moot point.” She hoped that more people would see the film.
One reporter asked if she learned anything about filmmaking when she was married to “Avatar” director James Cameron. It reminds me of the time Hilary Clinton was asked if she ever asked her husband how to do her own job.
Ever thought that these men have learned from these incredibly talented women? Even after Bigelow’s exceptional win at the Oscars, is she still thought of as the ex-wife of James Cameron?
It is remarkable to think that Bigelow is the first ever women director to win an Oscar. Just take a breath and digest that sentence. Sexism is alive and kicking in the film world and especially in Hollywood and the Hollywood press where women are relegated to “chick flicks.” Bigelow has always worked against the stereotype, proving women have a penchant for violence and kick ass entertainment in film but I don’t think her win will change much of the depressing state of women behind the camera. Despite box offices successes of traditional female driven movies such as “Mama Mia,” Hollywood fails to break out the champagne and produce films for women, using the tired and false excuse that there’s no audience for us.
Bigelow has and will inspire women and men to “never give up on your dream.”