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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Women's History

Kathryn Bigelow made history Sunday night by becoming the first woman to win a "Best Director" Oscar for her direction of The Hurt Locker [DVD HUR]. (The Hurt Locker also won the "Best Picture" Oscar!) Isn't it depressing that in the 21st century women still have to make history by becoming the "first woman to..."?

It's not like women haven't been directing films! Even from the first, with silent movies, women such as actress Mary Pickford were directing. In the 1940s and 50s Ida Lupino directed six films. Although many contemporary women are directing, they are the exception. So, let's celebrate Bigelow's success and not bemoan the fact that it took so long for a woman's work to be honored.

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