Thompson on Hollywood

Summit picked up Kathryn Bigelow's riveting, intense Iraq thriller The Hurt Locker out of Toronto, where I interviewed the director at the start of her long road to the Oscars (below). Jeremy Renner breaks out with this movie, which drew raves when it opened June 26 in limited release. Finally, The Hurt Locker didn't need ten best picture slots this year: the movie overcame considerable obstacles en route to landing on many critics' ten-best lists and winning one award after another.

Here's what's going to happen at the Oscars March 7: Bigelow will win best director (beating her ex-husband, James Cameron). Why? Because, beyond the obvious merits of The Hurt Locker, she is due. She boasts a long, solid resume of robust, stylish genre films, all of which look like they could have been directed by men. She makes action films, not romantic comedies. She's one of the guys. Folks in the film business respect her.

Here's my Bigelow interview: