“Kathryn Bigelow: A Visionary Director” Special Issue 19.3 (Fall 2021)
Guest editor Frances Pheasant-Kelly
Excerpt (Intro): Until April 2021, when Chloé Zhao became only the second woman to achieve Best Director in the estimation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the mantle had been held for eleven years by Kathryn Bigelow. Winning the Oscar at the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010 was a pivotal moment in cinema history for which Bigelow is widely acknowledged. What also caught the headlines in 2010 was the fact that she achieved the award for The Hurt Locker (Bigelow 2008), a film that had only modest box office success at the time of its release in comparison to its main rival, Avatar (Cameron 2009).