Critics and Film Lovers Respond to Kathryn Bigelow Snub

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by Kerensa Cadenas
January 11, 2013 3:00 PM
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After Kathryn Bigelow’s name wasn’t announced for Best Director during yesterday’s Oscar nominations, film and entertainment critics as well as movie lovers were outraged causing a vast social media discussion of why Bigelow was snubbed.  Some mentioned sexism, the mostly male based Oscar voting body and the discussion of torture surrounding Zero Dark Thirty.

Here are some of the responses to Bigelow’s egregious omission.

Kathryn Bigelow was robbed. So fucked up. #recount” – Megan Ellison, co-producer of Zero Dark Thirty

Kathryn Bigelow was robbed.” – Alyssa Rosenberg, TV and culture critic at Slate and Think Progress

So it seems the only individual successfully swiftboated this year was director Kathryn Bigelow. And therefore, for the 80th time in 84 years, all the Best Director nominees in 2013 are male.” – Jan Lisa Huttner at Huffington Post Women

The Kathryn Bigelow thing is still so fucked.” – Willa Paskin, TV Critic at Salon

I think I’m way more bent out of shape than is necessary a/b the omission of Ben Affleck & Kathryn Bigelow in the Best Director category.” – Retta, plays Donna on Parks and Recreation, expert film & TV live tweeter

David O. Russell over Kathryn Bigelow, however, is a particularly harsh and bitter pill to swallow for me personally.” – Sasha Stone, editor of Awards Daily

What, because you gave her an Oscar? The first woman to win an Oscar for directing in 78 years, you thought, you did it? It's over now? That's the end of women, we don't need to nominate them?" and “Did the old boys club deny Bigelow an Oscar nod bec she won for Hurt Locker. R they done with the fem thing? Once every 100 years, that's it?” – Peter Travers, film critic at Rolling Stone

What was your response upon hearing that Bigelow didn’t receive a nomination for Best Director?

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13 Comments

  • velko mist | March 22, 2013 4:02 PMReply

    both katherine bigelow & ben affleck are hollywood hacks. as rome is burning, theyre contented to make propaganda films to prop up the secret usa government, and the cia. but, affleck has gonvernmental election ambitions, pity us all if that boob ever gets elected to any office. "snub'? i think not, there are some hollywoodites who are in the know as to what is really going on. we need to future concern ourselves with less self-love (affleck) and more protective caring for dwindling planet resources, love for little animals & children,who have no voice, and the total general landscape wellbeing. we all live here, so pull your head out of the sand. dont aggrandize and .enrich anyone who would beguile, hypnotize or charm you for just their own selfish purposes. these people are 'triflin', a waste of time and anyone's focus, and no help at all.

  • Logan | January 16, 2013 11:54 PMReply

    You idiots are complaining about bigalow when you should really be complaining about PTAs director snub. The master is the better film between the two.

  • rgm | January 13, 2013 1:27 PMReply

    Equality finally. Bigelow was snubbed right up there with two male directors whose films were also nominated for Best Picture.

  • Roberta | January 12, 2013 3:43 PMReply

    Even though the film suggests torture may have helped find Bin Laden, it nevertheless leaves you feeling sympathy for the victims and disgust at the perpetrators. In the end, it sends the message that the whole thing, including the hunt itself and the war waged by both sides, was pointless, wicked and wrong. That Kathryn achieved this message whilst simultaneously managing not to offend American patriotic sensibilities, was a triumph. That the Oscar Committee and her critics failed to see this bigger message is shameful.

  • Loren Lester | January 11, 2013 7:28 PMReply

    You all don't know about the new app where a movie can direct itself. It's totally cool. The actors and crew show up and the producer pushes a button. This is the first Best Picture to use it! LOL

  • Rubens | January 11, 2013 6:07 PMReply

    I celebrate Michael Haneke nomination.
    Really don't care about Bigelow or Affleck.

  • jg | January 11, 2013 5:27 PMReply

    Boycott this Nazi propaganda.


    Tell the Oscars: contact@oscars.org Dear Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, I am writing to inform you of my intention to create a campaign to disqualify the film Zero Dark Thirty from receiving your awards on the basis that the filmmakers deliberately crafted false propaganda in the service of making illegal torture practices seem acceptable and productive. This deceitful twisting of the facts, coupled with special insider access to CIA sources, ties the filmmakers to the government in an unseemly and dishonest arrangement. As the Senate Intelligence oversight committee has set the record straight and pointed out the falsehoods presented in the film, and as this issue is of vital and current significance to the nation, the awarding of this deceitful film your honors would confer on it an unacceptable legitimacy that can be harmful to the rule of law and to justice in the United States. These are not trivial matters and have international significance. The awarding of top honors to propaganda films sends a message to the entire world on where America’s values truly stand. This is a great responsibility of the Academy, and it should not attempt to divorce the artistry of a film from its obvious political, ethical, moral and legal implications. Creating false dramatic situations that justify torture is unacceptable, and torture is a war crime punishable by 20 years incarceration or the death penalty if the victims die — as several have done. I hope to make an issue out of this disregard for the deceits contained within the film, and the Academy’s apparent condoning of this false historical propaganda. Joe Giambrone The Political Film Blog http://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/

  • Jan Lisa Huttner | January 18, 2013 12:00 PM

    With all due respect, Joe, you sound like you're repeating things you've heard from others, but you don't seem to have seen ZD30 for yourself. If I'm wrong about this, I stand corrected, but some of us have now spent a great deal of time & effort to personally assess the content of ZD30. Me, having seen ZD30 four times now, I do not believe that ZD30 "endorses torture," & I am certain that ZD30 is not "deliberately crafted false propaganda in the service of making illegal torture practices seem acceptable and productive."

    You can find my full analysis on Huffington Post: Jan Lisa Huttner

    To All: I urge you to see ZD30 for yourself, make up your own mind, & speak up (one way or the other) in your own voice. And may The Force be with you :-)

  • Jessica | January 11, 2013 4:19 PMReply

    I'm afraid I haven't seen the film since it hasn't opened in Sweden yet. But from all I've heard about it I can't help being a little disappointed. I wrote a blog post about my reactions to the nominations from my female perspective.

    http://thevelvetcafe.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/musings-over-the-nominations-from-a-female-standpoint/

  • Tyler | January 11, 2013 3:43 PMReply

    Zero Dark Thirty is a brave, triumph of a film no matter what. It's disappointing that she could have made history and didn't, and she definitely deserved it, but as long as people see and appreciate the film, it will be fine.

    Plus, let's be honest, she has a few more tour de force films in her.

  • No | January 11, 2013 3:26 PMReply

    Haven't seen the film (will do so soon), but did see The Hurt Locker. If this film is one of the year's best, it is hard to understand how she missed out on being at least nominated. This will be considered a major blight on the academy. Another mystery: How can a person win for best director but not the film that is directed? Why does the Oscar go to the producer of the best picture of the year but not the director?

  • BEF | January 11, 2013 5:18 PM

    Because Best Picture is the producer's award. It makes sense, the producer's are with the film from the very start until the end. Often times they hire the director. In this case, Bigelow is a producer on Zero Dark Thirty because it was a project she created, so she is nominated for Best Picture. Same with Affleck and Argo. In the above, I agree, taking Russell over Bigelow is the hardest to swallow, particularly for women. Russell never would have been given a second chance after his tirades, if he wasn't a white male.

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