Kathryn Bigelow’s gritty depiction of an Army bomb-diffusing squad in Iraq, The Hurt Locker, was one of the most buzzed about films of 2009. After receiving a laundry list of nominations and nabbing both best picture and best director accolades from The Critics Choice Awards, the film was honored by the Director’s Guild Awards. The 58-year-old Bigelow became the first woman to ever receive best director honors from the DGA.
Not only was she the first woman to be named DGA best director but she beat out some Hollywood heavyweights for the award. Bigelow’s fellow nominees included Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), James Cameron (Avatar), Lee Daniels (Precious) and Jason Reitman (Up in the Air).
This award cranks up the speculation machine, with everyone guessing which director will take home the big prize at the Academy Awards in March. Although the Oscar nominees won’t be announced until tomorrow (Tues., Feb. 2), Bigelow and Cameron are quickly becoming Oscar favorites. If she gets the prize, Bigelow would also be the first woman to win best director at the Oscars.