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Oscar Watch: Bigelow First Woman to Win DGA Award

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 31, 2010 at 4:07AM

It means less for Avatar to have won best drama and director at the Golden Globes than to have lost best film at the Producers Guild and best director at the Directors Guild, both times to The Hurt Locker. And it means less for Inglourious Basterds to have won best ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild than to have lost at the PGA and DGA. See where I am going? Kathryn Bigelow's DGA win Saturday night (the first to a woman in 61 years) is a sign of continued strength for that film, which could well repeat at the Oscars. (BTW, Bigelow, 58, does not look older than her ex-husband, Cameron, 55).
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It means less for Avatar to have won best drama and director at the Golden Globes than to have lost best film at the Producers Guild and best director at the Directors Guild, both times to The Hurt Locker. And it means less for Inglourious Basterds to have won best ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild than to have lost at the PGA and DGA. See where I am going? Kathryn Bigelow's DGA win Saturday night (the first to a woman in 61 years) is a sign of continued strength for that film, which could well repeat at the Oscars. (BTW, Bigelow, 58, does not look older than her ex-husband, Cameron, 55).

Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, though: the real reading of tea leaves and temperature-taking takes place Tuesday morning. How many nominations will each of these films get? I predict as many as nine for Avatar, though it could be less. And although I gave up my seat at the DGAs last night to nurse a cold (a potion of powerful Chinese tea put me out for 12 hours), I'll be at the Oscar nominations bright and early February 2 to pick up my info packet. That's the important stuff. I won't be taking reaction calls. I will be analyzing what it all means.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Franchises, Independents, The Hurt Locker, Oscars, James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow, Avatar


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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.