By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood January 7, 2011 at 9:49AM
It's been almost a year since Kathryn Bigelow made history winning the best director Oscar and in that time she directed a pilot -- Miraculous Year -- for HBO that did not get picked up, put together a deal for studio picture -- Triple Frontier -- starring Tom Hanks that will film in the spring of 2011, and is actively pitching another indie film to be written by Mark Boal who wrote The Hurt Locker.
She's not a big public speaker and has never been known to talk about gender issues, or women or what it means to have been the first woman to win the best director Oscar, but she know she has clout.
And she rolled that clout out this week just as everyone is finalizing their Oscar nomination ballots. She introduced two private screenings of Winter's Bone in LA this week that included star Jennifer Lawrence and director Debra Granik.
Here's what she said to the Wrap in support of the film:
I just think it's a masterful film that deserves exposure – and if I can do anything to help it out, I'm happy to do it.
I was fascinated to meet her (Debra Granik), because the film is so perfectly crafted. The performances are extraordinary, Jennifer Lawrence is a star turn. And it's got this prescient knowing, this confidence you feel watching a film that's haunting and provocative.
It's just a magnificent film.
Way to use your power in support of women directors.