Cameron: Give Ex Best Director

James Cameron says Kathryn Bigelow deserves Oscar
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2010 8:02 AM CST
James Cameron, left, and Kathryn Bigelow at the 15th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – James Cameron graciously insists ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow should win the Oscar for best director, not him—because he doesn’t “really need another one.” In an interview with Charlie Rose, Cameron says his “fantasy outcome” would be to win Best Picture for Avatar while Bigelow wins Best Director for The Hurt Locker. “In our minds, it's not a competition,” he says. “We're so celebratory of each other's work.”

Bigelow saw Avatar five times during its development, offering notes, Cameron says, adding that he did the same for The Hurt Locker: “And my note was very simple. Don't change a damn thing.” A Best Director Oscar for Bigelow would mark, “finally, the recognition catching up with the scope of her talent”—whereas, for Cameron, “I’ve already got an Oscar. I've got a couple of them, you know.” To watch the video, click here.

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