“Hurt Locker”‘s Kathryn Bigelow Could Beat Ex-Hubby James Cameron For Best Director Oscar

This year’s Oscar nominees won’t be announced until February 2nd, but because an entire school of journalism has sprung up around predicting such things, we have a pretty good idea of what the nominee lists will look like. And almost everyone agrees that “The Hurt Locker,” the story of an elite bomb squad in Iraq, is the dark horse threat to “Up In The Air.” The director of “The Hurt Locker,” Kathryn Bigelow—an accomplished painter who also directed “Point Break” back in the day—will almost certainly be one of the five nominated for Best Director. If this happens, she’ll be one of only three women to ever be up for the award (the others were Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, and Sofia Coppola)—and she has a great chance of being the first to actually win it.

But here’s where things get interesting. Kathryn is also the ex-wife of James Cameron, who also is very likely to get a nomination in the Best Director category for the cinematic juggernaut that is “Avatar.”Yep, that’s right—James and Kathryn got hitched in 1989 and divorced in 1991, in James’ pre-Linda Hamilton years. But lest you think these two will be growling at each other across the Kodak Theater, James and Kathryn remain good friends. When asked how she felt about maybe going up for an award against her ex-husband, Kathryn said, “I’m honored to be in any conversation that includes his name.” And James revealed that he actually encouraged Kathryn to take on “The Hurt Locker.” She almost passed up the film to direct the movie version of the best-seller, Devil in the White City. James said, “I encouraged her to do ‘The Hurt Locker,’ because she had gotten that script and let me read it just for comment. I said, ‘Jump out of ‘White City’ and do this film!'”

So if these two go up against each other for the award, who do you think will win? [People]