Thursday, March 4, 2010

One Category at a Time: Best Director

All hail Kathryn Bigelow! She's about to be anointed the best director of 2009, and no one is more deserving of an Oscar this year than her. Cynics will spin this to suggest that she's only winning either because A) she's a woman, or B) she's James Cameron's ex and they want to "punish" him. If these people ever actually watched The Hurt Locker, they would immediately notice the flaws of their argument. Her work speaks for itself.

Someone should tell James Cameron that he should let his work speak for itself too, because every time he opens his mouth on the campaign trail, he reminds people why they personally dislike him. He has a bit of an asshole reputation in Hollywood. Titanic was too big to be sunk by something as petty as that, but is Avatar? I seriously doubt that people are that eager to heap more awards upon him for doing it a second time. There's a chance they'll throw him a bone in Film Editing.

Quentin Tarantino and Jason Reitman may have been stronger contenders here if they weren't going to win writing awards. True, it's not guaranteed that Quentin's screenplay will edge out Mark Boal's, and his film is an awfully strong Best Picture contender. All the same, I don't see him eclipsing Bigelow. Everyone loves her.

Poor Lee Daniels won't win anything, unless Precious pulls off a huge Best Picture upset. In fact, if Avatar ekes out a victory in Editing, he could be the only Best Director nominee who doesn't win anything. That'd sting. But he'll receive on-air adulation from Mo'Nique when she gives her speech, and I'm sure he's just thrilled his little Sundance film has gotten this far at all. Good on him.

Will/should win: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

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