James Cameron Wants Avatar to Win Best Picture; Kathryn Bigelow to Win Best Director
02.18.10 by Ryan
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 really
need 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."