2 Feb


Last week, I posted a lengthy piece on the female directors who helped to pave the way for Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) and the female directors for whom Kathryn Bigelow has helped to pave the way. Today, as Bigelow makes history — she is now one of only four women ever to be nominated for best director and one of only nine women to have directed a best picture nominee — several of the latter took the time to share their thoughts about her exclusively with AndTheWinnerIs

  • “I went to UCLA with the shaky dream of getting into film school. I say ‘shaky’ because all the filmmakers I admired — Scorsese, Kazan, Spielberg, Spike — were men. Then I saw ‘Blue Steel.’ The film was so kick-ass, and to my shock, directed by a woman. Suddenly, I had a new role model. And my dream steadied. ‘Point Break,’ way kick-ass. ‘Strange Days,’ beyond kick-ass. I had a chance to meet Kathryn just after graduating film school. She was so cool, and humble, and encouraging. It is a beautiful thing when your heroes are who you imagined them to be. ‘Hurt Locker’ is enviously kick-ass. A film to aspire to. Tense, engaging, surprising, and risky. I am excited by her chances to become the first female to win a directing Oscar. I am annoyed that it has not happened before. And I must now rewrite my dream: the “second” woman to win a directing Oscar.” -Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of “Love & Basketball” (2000) and “The Secret Life of Bees” (2008)
  • “It’s a step forward anytime a woman gets a chance to direct good material, directs well, or is recognized for her efforts, whether that’s for a nomination or a win. I hope that continues. If Kathryn were to be the first woman to win the best director Oscar this year, when she has made an excellent film and been unilaterally recognized for her achievement, it would be a win for a friend and a colleague and as well as a win for all of us directors as it reminds people that women are excellent directors, capable of making fantastic films in every genre.” -Kimberly Peirce, director of “Boys Don’t Cry” (1999) and “Stop-Loss” (2008) / Academy member (directing branch)
  • “Kathryn Bigelow is a ballsy woman who has a fantastic visual style and total command behind the camera. ‘The Hurt Locker’ is a searing and haunting look at the realities of war. Regardless of her gender or potential groundbreaking position in the industry, Bigelow and her masterpiece deserve to win it all. Of course, as a female director I can’t help but to be proud of this kick ass sister for possibly tearing down one more barrier in the biz. Do it for all of us KB!” -Heidi Ewing, Oscar-nominated co-director of “Jesus Camp” (2005) and the new film “12th and Delaware” (2010) / Academy member (documentary branch)

Photo: Kathryn Bigelow on the set of “The Hurt Locker” in Jordan. Credit: Summit.

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