Bigelow vies for Best Director award against ex-husband

Kathryn Bigelow is playing with the "big boys" at this year's Oscars, as she is the only female director nominated in the Best Director category, for her award-winning film "The Hurt Locker". She is only the fourth woman in the history of the Academy Awards to be nominated for Best Director; the others include Lina Wertmüller for "Seven Beauties" (1976), Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993) and Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" (2003). None of these women won, although some came close, but based on the accolades that "The Hurt Locker" has received, I believe Bigelow has a good chance at the Oscar.

But wait! The plot gets thicker. As we all know, "Avatar" has been very successful, both at the box office and at award shows, and its director, James Cameron, is also nominated for Best Director. It turns out that Kathryn Bigelow and Cameron were married for two years, from 1989 to 1991—so not only does Bigelow have the pressure of being the only woman nominated for Best Director, but to receive that honor she must beat out Cameron, her ex-husband. Awkward! Now this is the stuff Americans like to watch.

On a side note, I have yet to see "The Hurt Locker", though I did see and was very impressed with "Avatar". Perhaps if Bigelow wins for Best Director, I will finally see "The Hurt Locker" on DVD.

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