Kathryn Bigelow Wins Directors Guild Award for Hurt Locker
01.31.10 by REELZ
And so the race between the former Mr. and Mrs. James Cameron presses on. Kathryn Bigelow took a step towards a possible Oscar win for Best Director when she took home the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards, according to Variety.
Bigleow won for The Hurt Locker, beating out ex-husband Cameron for Avatar, Lee Daniels for Precious, Jason Reitman for Up in the Air, and Quentin Tarantino
for Inglourious Basterds. This comes shortly after Cameron unexpectedly won the Best Director Golden Globe, which most people (including Cameron) thought Bigelow would win.
Bigelow expressed her gratitude and excitement in her acceptance speech:
[I'm] stunned, honored, and proud ... I felt a deep obligation to tell this story with as much honesty as possible. This is the most incredible moment of my life.
During a panel discussion, she addressed her portrayal of military life in Iraq, saying, "Authenticity is a moral imperative."
Released last summer, The Hurt Locker has garnered major attention, not only for Bigelow's direction, but also for Mark Boal's screenplay and the performances of Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie. Many agree that Bigelow and Boal will receive Academy Award nods, but many also wonder whether Renner and Mackie have a chance of landing acting nominations. We'll find out when Oscar nominations are announced early Tuesday morning.