Kathryn Bigelow made history on Sunday by becoming the first female to win an Oscar for Best Director. Besides being a phenomenal director and the ex-wife of James Cameron, the 58-year-old director has an interesting past.
The Academy voters have spoken and the winner is... "The Hurt Locker."
The intense war drama about U.S. bomb diffusers in Iraq won six Oscars in total, including Best Picture and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow.
Bigelow, the first woman to win in the directing category, beat out the four other nominees, including her ex-husband James Cameron, who was the other frontrunner for his technical triumph "Avatar."
"Avatar" may be the target of criticism by social interest groups, but PETA isn't one of them.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has honored director James Cameron with their Proggy Award for Outstanding Feature Film. Cameron was given the Proggy -- short for progress -- for "Avatar's" message about "the importance of treating all living beings, no matter how 'strange' or 'alien,' with respect and dignity."
"We hope viewers will come away from 'Avatar' with a new way of looking at the world around them and the way we treat our fellow earthlings," PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange says in a statement. "For helping animals with the positive message of this film, James Cameron is PETA's 'King of the World.'"
On Sunday, "Avatar" received Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture of the Year (Drama) and Best Director.
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Rain didn't stop the stars from coming out for Sunday night's Golden Globes where "Avatar" scored Best Motion Picture Drama and the Best Director statuette went to James Cameron.
Mo'Nique won the first award of the night for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for "Precious."
On the TV side, "Dexter" earned two Golden Globes, star Michael C. Hall won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Drama. John Lithgow also earned an award for his supporting role on the hit Showtime series.
HBO television movie "Grey Gardens" also won two awards. The series about Jackie Onassis' eccentric aunt and cousin won Drew Barrymore her first Golden Globe.
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The Director's Guild of America has announced the nominees for the 2009 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film.
The five nominees and their films are: Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker," James Cameron for "Avatar," Lee Daniels for "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire," Jason Reitman for "Up in the Air," and Quentin Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds."
This is a first DGA nomination for Bigelow, Daniels and Reitman. Cameron was nominated -- and won -- for "Titanic" in 1997. Tarantino also received a nomination for his 1994 cult classic, "Pulp Fiction."
The winner will be announced at the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on January 30.
"Avatar" tells the story of a man struggling between love and loyalty in a time of war -- but behind the scenes, that couldn't be further from the truth!
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James Cameron's epic "Avatar" has been a long time coming.
Cameron, 55, developed the idea for the film even before he made "Titanic" -- but technical difficulties got in the way of his vision.
"At the time it turned out that it wasn't technically possible to do what I wanted to do," he tells "Extra."
The film is about humans invading an alien planet called Avatar, where the Navi population lives.
"Avatar" stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver. The film arrives in theatres December 18.