Kathyrn Bigelow Takes the DGA

Momentum has shifted dramatically and the once heralded Oscar frontrunner, the James Cameron sci-fi epic Avatar, has been overtaken significantly by the taut Iraq war film The Hurt Locker.

Cameron’s ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, has just snagged the coveted Directors Guild of America Award and is the first woman to ever take home the coveted prize. The DGA is often cited along with the Producers Guild Awards as the two most parallel awards-giving bodies to the Academy Awards. Bigelow’s DGA win solidifies her film’s standing as the one to beat at this year’s Oscars, even after failing to nab the Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama.

The other three nominees were Quentin Tarantino for his Holocaust satire Inglourious Basterds, Jason Reitman for his recession dramedy Up in the Air, and Lee Daniels for his coming of age drama Precious.


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