When Kathryn Bigelow won her 2010 Oscar for Best Director, she seemed a bit out of breath. By the time she came back on stage for the Best Picture Oscar, she seemed almost overwhelmed and ready to flee. As she stepped before the microphone again to add to the acceptance speech, she appeared to be hyperventilating. “The Hurt Locker” had just finished a successful six-Oscar run (out of nine nominations) at the 82nd Academy Awards.
And then a man,Steve Martin, the 2010 Oscars co-host, stepped in front of her and took the two Oscars she had just accepted away from her. “Iâ€™ll take those,” he said. “One for you, and one for me,” he said, handing one to his partner for the night, Alec Baldwin.
Kathryn Bigelow had just made history. The 58-year-old director had just become the first woman in history to win the Best Director Oscar. And she had done it on a $15 million budget, shootingÂ “The Hurt Locker”Â in 120-degree heat in Jordan for weeks. She had done it competing against a couple of Hollywoodâ€™s most successful directors (James Cameron for “Avatar” and Quentin Tarantino for “Inglourious Basterds”) and a couple of the more promising (Lee Daniels for “Prescious” and Jason Reitman for “Up In The Air”). And her small film had proved a David amidst a virtual group of Goliaths, its box office gross for its entire theatrical run (22 weeks) had not grossed domestically ($14.7 million) what “Avatar” grossed the week of the Academy Awards ($19.6 million), its 11th week of release.
Kathryn Bigelow was the fourth female director to ever be nominated in the category. She followed Linda Wertemuller (“Seven Beauties” 1976), Jane Campion (“The Piano,” 1993), and Sofia Coppola (“Lost In Translation,” 2003).
As the 2010 Oscar ceremony was pushing toward midnight, Barbara Streisand, who presented the 2010 Oscar for Best Director, paused after saying “…and the winner is…” and said, “The time has come…
… Kathryn Bigelow.”
After 81 Academy Awards ceremonies, the time had indeedÂ come…
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