The Hurt Locker won't feel hurt
This is not a fearless forecast. There's nothing to fear or not to fear about knowing for sure that Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq war film The Hurt Locker would land the Oscar. Avatar has been reaping the audiences and the money, right, but history says Oscar voters don't usually go for big box-office epics (with only five exceptions). And as an Oscar offshore observer, I wouldn't want to see an immensely commercial but typical Pocahontas tale such as Avatar in the Academy Award list of best films in history.
Sure, the Academy has had its mistakes in the past of choosing How Green Was My Valley over Citizen Kane and Annie Hall over Star Wars, but never mind, the Oscars still spells movie fate. And remember when I predicted Crash to win over crowd favorite Brokeback Mountain in '05? Who knew.
Bigelow is a rare director. Her last film was K19 The Widowmaker with Nicholas Cage (?) back in '02. But hers was a smashing comeback project with the Oscar best picture contender, which is just great action filmmaking by a woman director. About time the Academy recognizes a female Best Director awardee. Hello, it's the 21st Century, and we're supposed to feel emancipated. #
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