Sunday, January 31, 2010

THE HURT LOCKER WINS DGA

The Directors Guild has like...six awards, and I was up until after 2:30 waiting to hear Best Director.

And yet, so happy. Kathryn Bigelow has secured her place in history, becoming the first woman director to win this award.

The Oscars have only nominated four (five? I can't remember) female directors in its 82 year history. None have won.

Oscar nominations are on Tuesday. Avatar will lead the pack. The tech guilds will start to barrel roll at about one-two per week until the big night. Hurt Locker has the brass; Avatar has the green.

But let's not forget this is a monumental moment for the awards industry. The Hurt Locker is, in MANY ways, the most deserving film to be honored from 2009. I don't think it's the best, I don't even think Bigelow did the best direction, but that's for another post. This is a moment where we're not awarding a filmmaker because she's a female, but because she a film that is both genre-specific, thematically timely, stunning in craft and universal in scope.

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