Martin Sheen Clarifies his Position on Zero Dark Thirty, Too Late?

Martin Sheen had been one of the voices protesting Zero Dark Thirty, urging Academy members not to vote for the film. After Bigelow was snubbed by the Academy as a result; the most critically acclaimed film was a standout this year specifically for the directing, and yet there...
Posted On 30 Jan 2013

Bigelow Covers TIME

Bigelow rides the wave...interview is here.  
Posted On 24 Jan 2013

Kathryn Bigelow and CBS News, “It’s a Movie, not a Documentary.”

Bigelow talks torture with Charlie Rose but also talks about her Oscar snub.
Posted On 24 Jan 2013

Kathryn Bigelow talks waterboarding on Letterman

I’m forever grateful to Megan Ellison. She helped finance some of my favorite films this year, including Zero Dark Thirty, The Master and Killing Them Softly. Until this morning I had not heard Ellison’s reaction to the Academy’s failure to nominate Kathryn...
Posted On 11 Jan 2013

Oscarwatch: The Directors – Seven Contenders, Five Slots

This year, Best Director seems to be pairing up in interesting ways. Tarantino has launched into the race in a spectacular 11th hour surge. Whether this means he will, in fact, steal the last director’s slot from Tom Hooper or David O. Russell is still not known. But what...
Posted On 20 Dec 2012

State of the Race: “In weakness and fear, and with much trembling.”

2012′s lineup for Best Picture brings to mind sober reflection.  As we redefine who we were in America, on the eve of President Obama’s second inaugural, our troubled past still haunts us.  Two films deal in very different ways with the subject of slavery. Two films...
Posted On 19 Dec 2012

Female Trouble: Why Powerful Women Threaten Hollywood

As soon as it became clear that Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty was a genuine threat in the Best Picture race you could smell the fear.  The powers that be could see the film was far more than just okay; Bigelow was about to blow the boys club out of the water, once...
Posted On 12 Dec 2012

New York Film Critics Awards, 3 apiece for Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln!

Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, Deep Blue Sea Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Bernie and Magic Mike Best...
Posted On 03 Dec 2012

With No DGA, How Might Best Director Go?

A major crutch has been pulled out from under Oscar voters this year and that’s their reliance on the DGA and the PGA.  For now we’ll focus on how the DGA’s date change could affect the Best Director nominations, expanding on a Twitter conversation I had with...
Posted On 31 Oct 2012