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Oscar Backstage: Bigelow, Boal Talk The Hurt Locker's Six Wins

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 8, 2010 at 5:31AM

The Hurt Locker finally ended the long, difficult Oscar campaign trail winning six awards, while Avatar won only three technical categories, for visual effects, art direction and cinematography. "I hope I'm the first of many," Kathryn Bigelow said backstage, of being the first woman to win the best director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, which is also the first best picture winner to be directed by a woman. "I long for day when that modifier is a moot point. I am grateful if I can inspire some young intrepid tenacious male or female filmmaker, make them feel the impossible is possible."
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The Hurt Locker finally ended the long, difficult Oscar campaign trail winning six awards, while Avatar won only three technical categories, for visual effects, art direction and cinematography. "I hope I'm the first of many," Kathryn Bigelow said backstage, of being the first woman to win the best director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, which is also the first best picture winner to be directed by a woman. "I long for day when that modifier is a moot point. I am grateful if I can inspire some young intrepid tenacious male or female filmmaker, make them feel the impossible is possible."

Notably, Bigelow and producer Gregory Shapiro both thanked barred producer Nicolas Chartier who was celebrating in Malibu--Eugene Hernandez reports. Chartier raised the funding for the movie from foreign territories and advanced money to start production when a bank loan didn't come through in time. Boal, who does not get along with Chartier, said, "I think Nic Chartier is very happy tonight."

"I would say to never give up on your dream," said Bigelow to young filmmakers following in her footsteps. "I've been making film for a while, 30 years. Work on stories you truly believe in, because then no obstacle is too great."

Bigelow also thanked the "critical community" for giving the movie "wind in our sails." In answer to questions about beating her former husband James Cameron, she said: "All the nominees were phenomenal, powerful, talented filmmakers. It was humbling to be in that company, in that conversation. Jim is very inspiring, he inspires filmmakers around the world. I can speak for all of them: we are quite grateful."

Fair to say Cameron is a tad disappointed tonight. But as producer Jon Landau told me, going in, Avatar was never looking to win any awards. And The Hurt Locker, the little movie that could, will now get a much-needed DVD boost. Maybe Summit will actually make back the $5 million or so they spent on their awards campaign.

Here's Jeremy Renner on the red carpet:


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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.