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It is remarkable to think that Kathryn 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 numbers of women who work 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 us, using the tired and false excuse that there’s no audience for 51% of the population.
Bigelow has and will inspire women and men to “never give up on your dream.”
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It was Kathryn Bigelow’s night at the 2010 Orange British Academy Film Awards this evening. Bigelow won awards for best director for “The Hurt Locker” which also won best film, best cinematography, editing and sound and best original screenplay for Mark Boal.
Colin Firth won best actor for “A Single Man,” while newcomer Carey Mulligan won best actress for “An Education.” Christoph Waltz won best supporting actor for “Inglourious Basterds,” and Mo’Nique won best supporting actress for “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.
“Up” won for best animated film and music, and Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner won for best adapted screenplay for “Up in the Air.”
Director Kathryn Bigelow could be the first woman to win at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards for her war drama “The Hurt Locker.” But why has it taken so long?
I remember when Thelma and Louise was released and all these women who had never been to the cinema since their childhood came out to watch the movie. Same thing happened with Sense and Sensibility. There is an audience for us. Hollywood continues to convince the male press that there is no audience for movies made by or starring women. I want to see women characters having as much a good time on screen as their male counterparts but most female characters are relegated to “girlfriend,” “whore,” “wife,” or “mother.” This cinema is incredibly boring and I am sick of formulated unimaginable tales by male directors about men. A great male director enlists as much time and research into his female characters as his male characters. If their women are two dimensional, I’d rather they be left on the cutting room floor.
Kathryn Bigelow’s (The Weight of Water, Strange Days, Point Break) The Hurt Locker was the winner of last years Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival. The American war thriller was shot on location in Jordan and is based on declassified information about a U.S. Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team in present day Iraq. Jeremy Renner (28 Days Later) plays the leader of the EOD team who has to defuse bombs while a full on war is exploding around him and his team.
The authenticity of the film hits like an unexploded bomb, as many of the locations were less than three miles from the Iraqi border, plus all of the Iraqi roles in the film were played by displaced Iraqi war refugees living in Jordan. Renner trained with real EOD teams prior to shooting the film. On set, he had rocks thrown at him and even got shot at while filming.
The film also stars Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, and Anthony Mackie, although it is Renner’s performance as a man who faces the prospect of death on a daily basis that truly stands out. Bigelow’s usual flair for visual poetry and exhilarating actions sequence never skips a beat.