The Oscars and Women's History Month

The two subjects in the title of this blog entry have more than a little in common this morning. For the first time in the history of the Academy Awards – 82 years! – a woman won for Best Director. Kathryn Bigelow took home the Oscar for Best Director for The Hurt Locker, the drama about a bomb unit in wartime Iraq. The Hurt Locker was also named Best Picture.

If you’d like to check out some other work by this director…

  •   Point Break (1991) – Patrick Swayze as a charismatic slacker/surfer who might be a bank robber. Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent investigating him. No question as to why this movie has become a cult favorite.
  •   The Weight of Water (2000) – A photographer doing research about a murder from the 1870s finds disturbing parallels between her life and the life of a woman involved in the crime. Catherine McCormack and Sean Penn star in this mystery.
  •   K-19: the Widowmaker (2002) – Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson star in this suspense set aboard a USSR nuclear submarine in the early 1960s and what happens when a leak in the cooling system threatens all aboard.

Congratulations to Bigelow! And to the Academy for recognizing this talented woman.