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The other morning, I felt rather foolish as my Oscar hopes sunk; but the Academy always seems to manipulate us that way. We… Continue reading Girls on Film: The Real Bigelow Effect
Kathryn Bigelow, the only woman to win an Oscar for direction, hopes her film “The Hurt Locker” – on a US bomb disposal squad in Iraq – will make Indian audiences “understand that soldiers are acting as nation builders and peacemakers”.
“I am expecting that the Indian audience will appreciate our work too. I want them [...] Continue reading I hope Indians appreciate ‘Hurt Locker’: Kathryn Bigelow
It was the first Iraq war movie to really break through, and now “The Hurt Locker” has won six Academy Awards, including best picture and best director, marking the first time an Oscar for directing has gone to a woman. The movie opens with a quote from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges.
“The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.” Hedges wrote that line in his book “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.”
The film is surprisingly apolitical, given its subject matter. It was written and co-produced by Mark Boal, a journalist who won an Oscar for his screenplay.
The winning director, Kathryn Bigelow, was only the fourth woman ever nominated in that category. She beat out, among others, Lee Daniels, who would have been the first African-American to take home the best-director statuette.