5 Reasons We Salute You, Kathryn Bigelow

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[Besides being the month of St. Patrick’s Day and CollegeCandy’s editor’s birthday, March is Women’s History Month. Instead of honoring the great women of our past, however, we at CC want to honor the women they inspired and who now inspire us. Every Wednesday this month we are going to highlight a woman who is currently dominating her field and showing us that we can really do anything. Like Chelsea Handler, the woman of late night comedy. These women are strong, powerful, famous, and doing their thing even better than their male counterparts, so let’s give them the attention they deserve!]

If you are reading this right now, I think it’s safe to say you have a computer to procrastinate dabble into  the latest breaking news.  Fresh off the press is Kathryn Bigelow’s fantastic ‘Best Director’ win at the Oscars Sunday night for her recent film, The Hurt Locker. Talk about an amazing moment in Hollywood; her win for ‘Best Director’ marked the first ever win by a woman. This (and the fact she beat her ex husband in the race to Oscar victory) is only one reason we are in awe of this woman.

Here are five reasons Kathryn Bigelow is an inspiration to us all:

She is Extremely Talented
This woman is a powerhouse. She has directed eight films, two of which were produced by her, and three of which were written by her.  If that isn’t enough to prove my point, she even acted in one of them. And as a result of her hard, multifaceted work, she has gained exponential praise: 36 various awards, and 6 more nominations. As CollegeCandy’s editor would say: dayummmm.

She Ignores Any and All Stereotypes
Bigelow has for decades been a female pioneer in the male-dominated world of action movies. Her previous films - Point Break, Strange Days and K-19 - focus on action-packed scenes and provocative characters, all of which is pretty much uncharted territory for a woman. But Bigelow doesn’t care. She doesn’t like to think of herself as a female first, but rather, “I suppose I like to think of myself as a film-maker.” She doesn’t let anyone, anything, or any preconceived notion get in her way of success.

She Follows Her Heart
Kathryn Bigelow began her creative life as a painter at the Whitney Museum in New York. This is fascinating because while she was trained to do something completely different, Bigelow felt drawn to film and followed her heart. She took a risk, chased a dream, and look where it got her: a successful career and a very comfortable seat in front of  her ex husband at the Oscars. Most of all, she’s doing what she loves most.

She Breaks Barriers
Bigelow is the fourth women to be nominated for a ‘Best DirectorOscar (within the Oscars’ 82-year history), and the first ever woman to win an Oscar for ‘Best Director.’ This is a monumental moment in the history of film-making and women alike!  She is the first milestone of many in transforming the way women are represented in the industry. Keep in mind this is an industry where 83% of all directors and writers are men.  Including Bigelow’s ex, James Cameron, who she beat….again and again… all night long.

(But) Her and James Cameron Are Still Buds
This is pretty inspiring in itself.  The first to congratulate Bigelow on Sunday’s win was Cameron himself.  So I guess Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin were wrong when they stated, “”She [Bigelow] was so pleased to be nominated with him she sent him a beautiful gift basket – with a timer.” I don’t know what went on behind the (married) scenes of their short marriage, but clearly any dust has settled. How about this? In a recent 60 Minutes interview, Bigelow said she and Cameron are now such good buddies, they swapped scripts and early versions of each other’s movies. Bigelow is a proven gracious, classy and humble woman.

Kathryn Bigelow inspires me to follow my wildest dreams, no matter the limitations. She is a phenomenal film-maker, a humble women in her prime, and she is not planning on putting what she loves doing on hold.  And we don’t want her to. Keep breaking barriers and following your passion, Kathryn Bigelow – we salute you for it!

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