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Kathryn Bigelow Talks Hurt Locker

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 30, 2009 at 8:22AM

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.
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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:


This article is related to: Awards, Box Office, Directors, Festivals, Genres, Independents, Video, The Hurt Locker, Oscars, Summer, Kathryn Bigelow, Toronto, Thriller, Drama, Summit, Interviews


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.