James Cameron Calls Ex-Wife’s Golden Globe Nomination ‘Long Overdue’

'Avatar' director will go head-to-head with Kathryn Bigelow, who is nominated for 'The Hurt Locker.'

[movieperson id="9282"]James Cameron[/movieperson] has had five wives. Until Tuesday morning (December 15), the director had never found himself competing against one in an awards show. All that changed when the Golden Globe nominations were announced and both Cameron ([movie id="301495"]“Avatar”[/movie]) and his ex [movieperson id="72038"]Kathryn Bigelow[/movieperson] ([movie id="357580"]“The Hurt Locker”[/movie]) were recognized in the Best Director category.

Cameron produced Bigelow’s 1991 thriller “Point Break,” but the couple divorced shortly after Cameron finished filming “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” The exes remain friends. In fact, they’ve continued to work together after their marriage fell apart. Bigelow directed “Strange Days” in 1995, a film Cameron wrote and produced.

“We’re on very good terms,” Cameron told MTV News. “I couldn’t be happier to see her get a nomination, because it’s a recognition that’s long overdue. I’ve known that she’s a genius filmmaker for a long time, and she’s always flirted with this sort of critical success. This film is such a slam dunk. ‘Hurt Locker’ is such a great film.”

Their films will also face off in the Best Motion Picture – Drama category. “Hurt Locker” nabbed three nominations, including Best Screenplay, while “Avatar” reeled in four, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

“I’ve been divorced more times than I’ve been nominated,” Cameron admitted. “I don’t really know which one is more awkward.”

Cameron said the four Globe nominations were a validation of his creative team’s efforts. “What makes it particularly special to me is when I think about the many artists that worked on this film to bring this world and these alien characters, these improbable blue characters to life, and what it took over a four-and-a-half-year period,” he said. “I just couldn’t be prouder of them, and I know they’re going to be really pleased by this, because their hopes and dreams poured into this thing.”

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