‘Hurt Locker’ Director Kathryn Bigelow Makes History At Oscars

'It's the moment of a lifetime,' Bigelow says during acceptance speech.

The big winner at the 82nd Academy Awards was not the man whose blue aliens have made $2.5 billion worldwide but Kathryn Bigelow, the director of [movie id="357580"]“The Hurt Locker,”[/movie] which beat out [movie id="301495"]“Avatar”[/movie] for Best Picture and Best Directing.

Until Bigelow’s Directing win on Sunday night (March 7), no woman had ever triumphed in that category. Only three women — Lina Wertmuller (“Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”) and Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”) — had ever been nominated for Directing.

“There’s no other way to describe it — it’s the moment of a lifetime,” Bigelow said during her acceptance speech.

She went on to thank her fellow nominees and war journalist Mark Boal, who wrote the script based on his experiences covering the Iraq war. “I would not be standing here if it wasn’t for Mark Boal, who risked his life for the words on the page and wrote such a courageous screenplay that I was fortunate to have an extraordinary cast bring that screenplay to life,” she said.

“I’d just like to dedicate this to the women and men of the military who risk their lives every day in Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world,” she added. “May they come home safe.”

Once married to James Cameron, Bigelow has directed films like “Point Break,” “Strange Days” and “K-19: The Widowmaker.” The Directing win was one of six Oscars “Hurt Locker” nabbed during the evening. Other wins included Film Editing, Original Screenplay and Sound Editing. Moments after the Directing win, Bigelow returned to the stage to accept the Best Picture statue.

“Perhaps one more dedication,” she said. “To men and women all over the world who — sorry to reiterate — but wear a uniform, not just the military — HazMat, emergency, firemen. They are there for us, and we are there for them.”

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