This year’s favourites, as it has been for years, was split between the critics’ picks on one side and the audience’s on the other.
As it went down
The night wasn’t filled with too many surprises however as the media becomes better at predicting the winners. Jeff Bridges who was hotly tipped for an award as best actor in a leading role (Crazy Heart), Sandra Bullock for best actress in a leading role (The Blind Side), Christoph Waltz for best actor in a supporting role (Inglorious Basterds), and Mo’Nique for best actress in a supporting role (Precious), all won on the night.
But the obvious talk of the night was who was going to walk home with the best picture and best director awards. Some billed it as showbiz’s equivalent of the Biblical conflict between David & Goliath. And following in the footsteps of David, Kathryn Bigelow did not disappoint. She won not only the aforementioned awards but four more in addition for her movie, The Hurt Locker. Being the highest grossing film of all time (Gone with the wind had that honour with the help of inflation), Avatar walked away with a disappointing three oscars. And what would be more painful, I’m sure for director James Cameron, is losing to his ex-wife. Ouch!
Up until the release and the subsequent buzz ”The Hurt Locker” generated, I hadn’t heard of or paid particular attention to Kathryn Bigelow. I had seen K-19 and Point Break about seven years ago, both of which she directed. This was however before my days of noticing other crew members or cast apart from the lead actors/actresses. Or may be I have but just dismissed her like, I am certain most of you do, when the female director in question isn’t Nora Ephron (”You’ve got Mail”, ”Sleepless in Seattle”). I dont blame myself or you for that matter. I blame the boys-only mentality of hollywood and for world cinema in general. How many of you know of Stephen Spielberg? How many of you know of Mira Nair? One receives bags and bags of publicity and money whiles the other, doesn’t. The divide that exists in the top level of the film making talents is going to exist so long film remains difficult to make physically and mentally .
That being said though, women should be given the responsibility and the opportunity to make films, period. Yes, they will feel the pressure and they should, they are after all as human as we are. And yes, they might not turn out to be better film makers than men. But in the same way men are given the opportunity to blow away millions on a flop movie, women should be allowed to do the same; equality now! 🙂
The way forward
In the end David won against all the odds, again. Does this mean hollywood will finally start taking the female film maker( specifically the one in the director’s chair) more seriously? Or will things go back to “normal” after all the hype and noise die down. I for one cant wait for another female director to beat an ”institutionalized” male director like Spielberg, Scorsese, Tarantino or James Cameron at another awards night.
For a round-up of all the winners of the 82nd Oscar Awards go to OSCAR 2010