Among its other nominations, box-office juggernaut Avatar is also up for the Academy's top prize of Best Picture with James Cameron nominated for best Director. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Cameron was asked if he would prefer to win Best Picture and allow his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, win the Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker. Cameron called the hypothetical situation his "fantasy outcome."
That's the best possible outcome… because I know how hard my [Avatar] team worked and how much they would — how proud they would be of that accolade, you know what I mean? And look, for myself, I have already got an Oscar. I've got a couple of them, you know. And I respect the whole institution of the Academy Awards because it's the pinnacle of achievement in my chosen profession. But I don't reallyneed another one. But to be honored — you know, to have the team honored and for their accomplishment, that would mean so much to them. And I think that would be the fantasy outcome in all of this.
When Rose asked if Cameron would be "happier" if Bigelow won, Cameron replied, "Honestly, yes." Posted 02.18.10 by Ryan
Awards season is heating up, and today the Director's Guild of America announced its list of five nominees for outstanding directorial achievement.
The five honorees are Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker, James Cameron for Avatar, Lee Daniels for Precious, Jason Reitman for Up in the Air, and Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds.
Bigelow, who is only the seventh woman to be nominated (none has ever won), expressed gratitude for the honor:
This is an extraordinary guild and it's an extraordinary honor for that reason. It's so incredibly gratifying to be recognized for a film that puts a magnifying glass on an insane situation. There are still men and woman taking these incredible risks and making these incredible sacrifices.
Reitman expressed similar sentiment:
I can't even begin to explain how thrilled I am to be nominated by my fellow directors. This morning's honor will stay with me for a long time.
Daniels seemed completely flabbergasted by his nomination, saying, "I am speechless ... I wasn't expecting it."
The LA Times notes that in 60 years, only six DGA award winners have failed to win the Academy Award as well, so whoever wins must be considered the frontrunner for the Best Director Oscar. The DGA announces its winners on January 30, while the Oscars won't be until March 7. Posted 01.08.10 by reelz