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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

because who knew girls could make movies?

Guy directors totally don’t know how to react to Kathryn Bigelow winning the Directors Guild of America award for The Hurt Locker except with figurative pulling of pigtails, as a roundup of facepalm reactions at Jezebel shows.

See also: Tom O’Neil of Gold Derby calling Bigelow’s DGA win “shocking.” Is this because, as he goes on to demonstrate using historical data, this probably means she’s gonna win the Oscar, too, even though a mere girl has never done such a thing? Or is it perhaps because just 36 hours before he was forced to post a notice of Bigelow’s latest laud, he was so confident he knew what was gonna happen that he said: “Pssst … wanna know why ‘Avatar’s’ James Cameron will win DGA Award?”

This has been your WTF Thought for the Day.



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  • funWithHeadlines

    *sigh* I can see it now. Bigelow on the red carpet heading into the auditorium, accosted by some cretin from Extra asking breathlessly, “What are you wearing?!”

  • mortadella

    Wow, I read his piece. His big theory was based on the opinion that the judges probably didn’t even hear of The Hurt Locker let alone see it. There was a lot of fan boy arrogance and tunnel vision going on there. The comment thread beneath seemed relatively sane, until one poster said he wanted to know why a woman should get the award just because a female hasn’t won in years….calling such sexism “rubbish.” The dude who said Cameron should get it becuase he worked harder than Bigelow was priceless too.
    It was like listening to a bunch of little boys talk about girls and their cooties.

  • Hank Graham

    There is a nice side to this. I find it comforting that Cameron himself was apparently genuinely happy at Bigelow’s wiinning.

  • funWithHeadlines

    Jason Reitman also said he thinks Bigelow should win Best Director. So the people who really know about directing recognize what she did.

  • Meanwhile, those like Michael Bay with (obscene gerund) between their legs are allowed to direct travesties like Transformers 2, where Bay’s attempt to overcompensate with Devastator’s… um… yeah, those things… get a bit too obvious.

    Makes one miss Martha Coolidge. Remember Real Genius, the only movie where Val Kilmer’s character wasn’t a total jerkass? ;)

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