Oscar Predictions: Best Director
- Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker
- James Cameron for Avatar
- Lee Daniels for Precious
- Jason Reitman for Up in the Air
- Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds
Surprisingly, this has turned out to be the most interesting competition this year (outside the one for “Best Picture”), at least from a “drama” standpoint. For what it’s worth, it essentially comes down to Bigelow and Cameron. In case you didn’t know, those two used to be married.
Their styles couldn’t be more different. James Cameron, the self-proclaimed “king of the world,” has created the biggest movie ever… again. Avatar is a massive accomplishment, no doubt. Many years in the making, and with a rumored budget approaching $500M, Cameron crafted a dazzling filmgoing experience.
Bigelow’s approach, on the other hand, was really just down and dirty filmmaking at its finest. Her low-budget, gritty war drama, The Hurt Locker was so intense that it had me on the edge of my seat even during my third and fourth viewings.
Aside from the history between Bigelow and Cameron, we also have the drama of Bigelow trying to become the first ever woman to win “Best Director.” She’s just the fourth woman to be nominated for the award.
Bigelow and The Hurt Locker are just too good for the Academy to pass on this opportunity. Check ya later, James. Have fun counting your money.
On a side note, please check out Point Break and Strange Days if you are interested in seeing some more of her work. Both are fantastic fun.
Prediction: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker