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Oscar Watch: The Hurt Locker's Bigelow Heads for Best Director

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 14, 2009 at 12:33AM

It's not surprising that the Alliance of Women Film Journalists went with The Hurt Locker and Kathryn Bigelow as best picture and director (they threw a mess of other achievement prizes at her as well--she'd better show up). And gave Jane Campion some props for her Bright Star direction and screenplay. Nor is Manohla Dargis off-base when she complains about the lack of women film directors today. The AWFJ may want to cut back on duplicative awards. They also gave two apiece to Agnes Varda and Mo'Nique.)
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It's not surprising that the Alliance of Women Film Journalists went with The Hurt Locker and Kathryn Bigelow as best picture and director (they threw a mess of other achievement prizes at her as well--she'd better show up). And gave Jane Campion some props for her Bright Star direction and screenplay. Nor is Manohla Dargis off-base when she complains about the lack of women film directors today. The AWFJ may want to cut back on duplicative awards. They also gave two apiece to Agnes Varda and Mo'Nique.)

But here's what's going to happen at the Oscars this year: 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.

More awards on the jump. The full list of AWFJ winners is here.

EDA ANNUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Best Film:
The Hurt Locker

Best Animated Film:
Up

Best Director:
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker

Best Screenplay, Original:
(500) Days of Summer - Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber

Best Screenplay, Adapted
Up In The Air - Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Best Documentary
The Cove

Best Actress
Carey Mulligan - An Education

Best Actress In Supporting Role
Monique - Precious

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Christopher Waltz - Inglorious Basterds

Best Ensemble Cast
The Hurt Locker

Best Editing
Sally Menke - Inglorious Basterds

Most Beautiful Film
Bright Star

Best Non-English-Language Film
Summer Hours

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Independents, Stuck In Love, The Hurt Locker, Critics Groups, Kathryn Bigelow, Critics


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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.