Ask Gail: Academy Awards Edition

Oh, the Oscars. Along with birthdays and the Superbowl, the Academy Awards is one of those once-a-year, can’t miss events. At least for anyone who loves critically-acclaimed movies, glitzy Hollywood stars, sing and dance numbers, and Meryl Streep. Thankfully, Gail loves all four.

This year’s Oscars were especially exceptional. For the first time in the Academy’s history, a woman took the Oscar for Best Director home. And not just any woman. The award went to The Hurt Locker’s director Kathryn Bigelow — James Cameron’s (a.k.a Mr.Avatar-big-CGI-movie-man) ex-wife.

Although “Avatar” was an impressive commercial success, not many were shocked when “The Hurt Locker,” which has been called a “near perfect war film” since its 2008 release, took the Best Picture award. Other winners included Jeff Bridges (or, as most Brown students call him, ‘The Dude’) for Best Actor, Sandra Bullock for Best Actress (who won another kind of award the night before), Mo’Nique for Best Supporting Actress, and Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor.

Gail, who has yet to watch either “Avatar” or “The Hurt Locker”, said it’s “hard for me to really judge either.” Though, because of Bigelow’s historic win, she is most excited to see “The Hurt Locker.”

“It’s wonderful women are finally breaking through. Women can show they are just as talented and just as brave if, in a ‘male profession,’ they get a chance to show what they can do. It will probably take movie industry to a new direction. Women can be counted on; we are here to stay.”

Now, I think that deserves an Academy Award. Gail, prepare your acceptance speech!

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