Sunday, January 31, 2010

Kathryn Bigelow Wins Big at DGA


AMC’s Script to Screen blog is reporting that Kathryn Bigelow has won the top prize during the Directors Guild of America (DGA) ceremony Saturday night.  This win makes Kathryn Bigelow the first women to take the award in the DGA’s over 70 years of history.  This win also, places Kathryn in good position to take the Best Director Oscar at next months ceremony.

Now Kathryn Bigelow may not be a household name for many of you.  So for the uninitiated, which I’m not far off from.  Kathryn Bigelow is a film director and ex-wife of another famous director in James Cameron.  Kathryn has directed a number of films over the past 30 plus years, which include films like K-9:The Widow Maker, Point Break and now The Hurt Locker. 

Now, if your like me, when you think women directors you think of romantic comedies and dramas.  But not with Kathryn.  Kathryn has to her credit a number of action films which now includes ‘The Hurt Locker’. 

The Hurt Locker was a great film that kept me on the edge of my seat during the entire film.  But what floored me even more that the action and suspense of the film was the fact that it was a women that had directed the film.  In many ways, I think that it was a good thing that I didn’t know it was a woman who had directed The Hurt Locker up front, as it may have influenced me before hand and I wouldn’t have had the surprise of finding out that a women had made ‘The Hurt Locker’. 

I have to give it up to Kathryn.  Kathryn surpassed my expectations of her and challenged the stereotypes that I had about women directors.  I sincerely hope to she her next film Triple Frontier, to see what she may do next. 

So what are your thoughts?  Have you seen ‘The Hurt Locker’?

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