James Cameron Wants Ex Kathryn Bigelow To Win Best Director

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Jim Cameron & Kathryn Bigelow

Don’t try to paint this year’s Oscars as a Battle Of The Exes just because Avatar director James Cameron was married to The Hurt Locker‘s Kathryn Bigelow in the late ’80s—turns out everyone’s on the same side. “In our minds, it’s not a competition. That’s a narrative that’s imposed by others, because it’s, you know, it makes a good story,” Cameron told Charlie Rose, saying he’d love to see Bigelow win Best Director. “It’s the recognition, you know, finally the recognition catching up with the scope of her talent…I mean, I just think she’s worked so hard for so long.” Plus, Cameron could buy and sell every Oscar ever molded with the cash he’s made off Titanic (for which he won Best Director) and Avatar.

But as for Best Picture, well…he’d still like to stick that one on the mantle whether Bigelow wants it or not. “I know how hard my team worked and how much they would—how proud they would be of that accolade, you know what I mean? And look, for myself, I have already got an Oscar. I’ve got a couple of them, you know. And I respect the whole institution of the Academy Awards because it’s so—it’s the pinnacle of achievement in my chosen profession. But I don’t really need another one. But to be honored—you know, to have the team honored and for their accomplishment, that would mean so much to them.” With Bigelow and Cameron trading off accolades so far (Bigelow got the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Director, Cameron took the Golden Globe), there’s no way to say whether either will get their wish until the envelopes open next month. [via HuffPo]

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