Sigourney Weaver came off a little “sour grapes” in a recent press conference promoting “Avatar” in Brazil this weekend. Weaver has a long history of working with the blockbuster movie’s director, James Cameron, and she thinks his snub at this year’s Academy Awards was intentional on the part of the Academy. Weaver hinted that the Oscar voters were intent on making Kathryn Bigelow, Cameron’s ex-wife and director of “The Hurt Locker,” the feel-good story of the awards season by making her the first female director to take home a trophy.
While promoting ‘Avatar’ in Brazil over the weekend, Sigourney Weaver slammed the Academy for voting for ‘The Hurt Locker’ and Kathryn Bigelow. She said Jim Cameron lost to his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, because she’s a woman–who became the first ever to take home the Best Director Oscar.
“Jim didn’t have breasts, and I think that was the reason,” she told told Folha Online, a Brazilian news site. “He should have taken home that Oscar.”
Weaver also voiced her disapproval of the Best Picture choice, suggesting it should have gone to ‘Avatar.’
“In the past, ‘Avatar’ would have won because they [Oscar voters] loved to hand out awards to big productions, like ‘Ben-Hur.’ Today it’s fashionable to give the Oscar to a small movie that nobody saw,” Weaver said.
‘The Hurt Locker’ has taken in a total of $40 million worldwide ($16 million in the US), while ‘Avatar’ has grossed a whopping $2.7 billion worldwide ($743.7 million in the US).
Let’s hope Sigourney was just kidding around, otherwise she comes off as kind of a bitch here. I mean, it is pretty obvious that “Avatar” is a huge commercial success over “The Hurt Locker,” so what if it didn’t take home any Oscars? I also think it’s quite presumptuous of Weaver to say that if James Cameron were a woman, or it Kathryn Bigelow were not, the voting results would be different. Maybe the Academy didn’t vote for James because they didn’t think his movie was all that great, visual effects aside. Or maybe it’s because James Cameron has a reputation for being an egomaniac and an asshole, and voters didn’t want to make his head any bigger. Who knows?