Kathryn Bigelow: James Cameron is Inspiring

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Kathryn Bigelow: James Cameron is Inspiring
So much for the battle between the exes! Kathryn Bigelow beat our her ex-husband James Cameron last night to win both Best Director and Best Picture for her film The Hurt Locker.

And though the two were each other’s biggest competition, there doesn’t seem to be any bad blood between the two. Prior to last night’s show, Hollyscoop spoke with Bigelow and asked if she was nervous. “No,” she told us. “Excited.”

That positive energy paid off big, as Kathryn became the first female director to be honored with the golden statue. And she was quick to praise James for his work. "I think he's an extraordinary filmmaker. I have to say, all the nominees are phenomenal, powerful, talented filmmakers, and what an honor," Bigelow said. "And for me, how humbling it was for me to be in that company, in that conversation. So I have to say, for me, it's a humbling experience."

And apparently that feeling between James and Kathryn is mutual—he told E! during the pre-show, "She sees my films when I'm writing them and cutting them and vice versa. She saw Avatar five times at different stages and gave notes. So we're actually helping each other!"

Bigelow seems thrilled with being the first woman to win Best Director. "I hope I'm the first of many,” she said. “And, of course, I'd love to just think of myself as a filmmaker, and I long for the day when a modifier can be a moot point. But I'm ever grateful if I can inspire some young, intrepid, tenacious male or female filmmaker and have them feel that the impossible is possible and never give up on your dream."

Congratulations to both Kathryn and James for being such inspiring filmmakers!
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