Kathryn Bigelow Bests James Cameron to Win Director’s Guild Award

Kathryn Bigelow Directing in The Hurt LockerTop honors at the Director’s Guild Award went to Kathryn Bigelog for “The Hurt Locker” == a win over Jame’s Cameron’s “Avatar”  that certainly gives Bigelow the inside track for the Best Directing Oscar and makes The Hurt Locker a strong contender and possibly favorite for the Best Picture Oscar.  It was the second big win in a row for Bigelow and The Hurt Locker — the first being last week’s Producer’s Guild win.  The two wins over Bigelow’s former husband James Cameron have certainly knocked down any sense that Avatar will cruise to a Best Picture/Best Director win at the Oscars.  This is the first DGA Award win for a woman.  The most recent film to win both the Producer’s Guild and Director’s Guild top prize and not go on to win Best Picture at the Oscars was Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain.

~ by Michael Sellers on January 31, 2010.

2 Responses to “Kathryn Bigelow Bests James Cameron to Win Director’s Guild Award”

  1. Avatar always was IMO the underdog for the Best Picture Oscar – I still think it could be split between Bigelow for Best Director (very confused by this) and Avatar for Best Picture. I am still keeping my fingers crossed but in the end it will be the AMPS who will be the biggest loser if Avatar does not win for Best Picture!

    • I think Avatar will eke out Best Picture because all the people in the tech categories get to vote and I think most of them really do believe that Avatar is Best Picture. But I have a feeling Bigelow will get Best Director. What throws me off about this is that directing is so much more than just directing actor — the sheer magnitude of all of the creative and technical decisions and judgment that Cameron had to make in order to get Avatar to come alive really does, IMHO, dwarf Bigelow’s nice little movie Hurt Locker. Anyway, it’ll make the Oscar race more intriguing, to say the least. There’s no way we’ll be sitting there feeling certain it’s an Avatar runaway train.

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