Also surprisingly snubbed in the Best Director category: Kathryn Bigelow, who made history as the first ever female Best Director champion for "The Hurt Locker" in 2010. Bigelow was also nominated by the Globes and DGAs and considered a safe bet for her second directing nom. Maybe the controversy surrounding the film hurt her with Oscar, or perhaps it was just an intensely competitive year.
Congratulations, Glenn Greenwald and World Can't Wait and all the other women-haters.
Bigelow's snub was particularly surprising, given that she and her film had dominated critics' lists during awards season. The film, about an obsessive CIA agent pursuing Osama bin Laden, may have been affected by controversy surrounding its torture scenes. Some detractors suggested the scenes implied that torture contributed to the success of the operation.
This is Tracy E. Gilchrist (SheWired):
Since there’s nothing overtly lesbian or bisexual about this year’s Oscars--a larger problem that is indicative of mainstream cinema's apparent disitnerest in the lives of queer women, which is a whole bigger rant --we’ll get to some very minor adjacencies, but first, the award for the most ridiculous snub of the season goes to Academy voters for failing to nominate Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow, who made history as the first woman ever to win a directing Oscar for The Hurt Locker. But this year the Academy failed to nominate Bigelow, even though she’s landed on virtually all of the end-of-the-year critics’ lists. Rather, the Academy saw fit to reward Stephen Spielberg for his bland hyper-American dreck with Lincoln.
If the above bothers you, it bothers me, it's about to get worse. I called C.I. and said, "What's up with this s**t?" She said that the Academy is very sexist and that the attacks on Kathryn gave the Academy an excuse not to nominate her. "With a woman director, they're not looking for a reason to nominate her, they're looking for a reason to justify not nominating her. You realize we're just talking about three American women when it comes to Best Director, right? Jane Campion was nominated for The Piano in 1993. Ten years later, you get Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation. Then in 2009, Kathryn gets nominated for The Hurt Locker. That's it. Just three women."
I asked about "American"? C.I. explained that Lina Wertmuller was the first woman nominated for 1976's Seven Beauties. This is a deeply sexist film. Lina's a sexist woman. Her films usually 'explore' capitalism. That's her claim any way. And capitalism is always a woman who gets beat up. And learns to like it. Some of you may know the awful Swept Away that Madonna did a few years back. That was a remake of one of Lina Wertmuller's films.
So they start handing out Best Director at the end of the 1920s and yet only 4 women have ever been nominated and only one has won.
Thank you, pig boyz -- and include the disgusting Michael Ratner and Michael Smith and the whole Center for Constitutional Rights -- for ensuring that a woman was not nominated this year.
No woman was nominated for Best Director.
You are pigs. Filthy, lying pigs. Who hate women and work overtime to destroy them.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"