Sigourney Weaver: James Cameron lost Oscar b/c “he didn’t have breasts”

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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).

[From Huffington Post]

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?

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  1. buckley says:

    What a dumb thing to say.
    Special effects don’t win oscars Siggy.

    No plans to see Avafart.

  2. lucy2 says:

    If she thought Cameron was the better director, fine, her opinion. But it sucks of her to dismiss Bigelow’s work like that and say she won only for being a woman. That’s just lousy. And rather presumptuous of her to know the inner workings of every voters mind.

  3. Melanie says:

    Everyone knows if the best picture won it would have been Inglorious Basterds anyways. Quit crying Alien Lady.

  4. meme says:

    @buckley LMAO AvaFart. i didn’t see it either. not into blue people. The Hurt Locker was a terrific movie.

  5. TaylorB says:

    I think he lost because the Hurt Locker was in fact a wonderful film (as were all the films nominated), and he is such a jerk that he has burned a ton of bridges.

    By the by, a bit ago I read a ‘blind item’ about an A-List actess and an A-List director that have been having an affair for many years, and that he sort of ‘started’ her career. Some people speculated it was Julia Roberts and Gary Marshall (yuk!), I am kind of wondering if it just might be these two.

  6. Leek says:

    What a snatch. Avatar’s plot line was nothing new and it won in all the areas it should have — special effects.

    These people talk to the press like they’re anonymously commenting on a blog somewhere.

    As Mel Sharples would say, “Stowe it!”

  7. Melanie says:

    As Mel Sharples would say, “Stowe it!”
    ******
    This made me chortle and I don’t even know who Mel Sharples is.

  8. Zelda says:

    I refused to see it the day I found out it had “unobtainium” in it

    I’m confident that it is an absolute piece of crap.

  9. Feebee says:

    Stupid thing to say. Probably thought it wouldn’t make a wave coming from a woman.

    I’m just thinking about all the things some people have been passed over for, for nothing else than having breasts.

  10. GatsbyGal says:

    I actually completely agree. The academy practically fell all over each other to give that chick the Oscar. “OMG first woman director to win it, we’ll look so progressive!”

  11. Bek says:

    Wow! Off topic, but I’m a bit shocked to hear that The Hurt Locker has only grossed 40 million worldwide! H’wood is crazy. I don’t agree with Sig Weave, but I have to admit I think there’s a lot of politics involved in the choosing of these awards. There’s a lot of politics in who gets bashed/praised in the media as well. Like this movie, for example. Takes in 40 million, lauded by critics, pushed as a complete success. While other flicks take in more money, are despised by critics, and are called complete flops, and the actors and or directors are told to find a new job. Harsh.

  12. Really says:

    I didn’t realize he lost the Oscar to his ex-wife, why don’t they share this gossip while airing the awards show? If they had balloons over the heads of celebrities w/ info on current scandals, random facts, etc., Oscars would be much more entertaining.

  13. Iggles says:

    I love Sigourney Weaver. Ripley ties with Sarah Conner as the most bad ass heroines of all time!

    That said, if you don’t have something nice to say.. it makes you sound like a jerk. Her opinion on who deserved to win shouldn’t have been shared with the press.

  14. danielle says:

    That’s a crazy comment. I’m sure there have been good women directors for years with no shot at an Oscar – because they do have breasts. It’s loyal for her to be in Cameron’s court because he’s done alot for her, but that’s a stupid comment. Also I watched both films and thought Hurt Locker was much better.

  15. I Choose Me says:

    @Really. Sorta like pop-up videos back when MTV used to air music videos. I totally agree, it would be entertaining as hell. :D

  16. celandine says:

    The Academy members didn’t vote for Avatar because they didn’t want repeat of the cringeworthy Jim-Cam GG acceptance speech in effing Na’vi!!

  17. buckley says:

    Didn’t he still manage to get some Na’vi in anyway? I seem to remember so…what an insufferable gasbag

  18. Huma says:

    Siggy needs to sit down and shut up. I know you were in Avatar, honey, but don’t go thinking that makes you relevant. Because it doesn’t.

  19. violet says:

    that’s a very ugly misogynist thing to say. besides avatar had the worst script of all time. of course it didn’t win, it was crap.

  20. EB says:

    Faced with the choice between “Avatar” and the “Hurt Locker” – clearly The Hurt Locker was the superior picture. A movie is more than special effects and that was what that Avatar movie was. It was basically “Dances with Wolves” – it only got nominated because it was a financial success. If it flopped it wouldn’t have even been the in the discussion.

    What’s funny is Sigourney references “Ben Hur” – and that is a jaw-droppingly bad comparison. Ben Hur is an epic of filmmaking and probably has one of the best action sequences ever filmed (the chariot race), not to mention great acting (the late Stephen Boyd as Masala, anyone) and an excellent story. Sorry, Avatar is a hackneyed, childish, overblown version of a tale told many times over, and much better too. But you know what? Her comments make her look so silly and petty. I’m glad she made them, as she’s exposed herself for us all to see.

  21. DD says:

    I don’t understand why some people think that only their opinion is valid. And she makes no sense since Katheryn was the first woman ever to win best director. With her rationale, it’s obvious the academy prefers balls over breasts.

  22. snapdragon says:

    so does that mean every time a woman director lost it was because she didn’t have a penis? shut up, sigourney.

  23. Lin95 says:

    Avatar was visually beautiful….but sucked! I was bored to tears….Hurt Locker definitely was the better picture even though many people have yet to see it

  24. JDizzle says:

    Ripley and the Geezer are clearly having sex, otherwise she wouldn’t have been foolish enough to make that kind of statement.

  25. Team Bethenny says:

    Well, looks like the women’s movement has come full circle. Not only do we have a complaint that a MAN lost something because he lacks a specific body part, that complaint is lodged by a woman.

    Betty Friedan would be proud. ::sniff::

  26. Moocow says:

    Ahs luuhv Sigourney.. weird named peoples gotta stick together!

  27. ! says:

    And many many women have lost all sorts of awards because they DIDN’T have dicks. You’re a real class act Sigourney.

  28. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    Bigelow’s arms/shoulders are hideously man-ish.

  29. canadianchick says:

    I liked the Hurt Locker, and James C is know to be a nasty pr*ck so glad the best person won. Resigourney So-overher is simply ticked she isn’t married to him so she has to suck up to him publicly.

  30. Cruisin Through says:

    I love Sigourney Weaver, but that wasn’t a smart thing to say. It’s especially biting and insulting for a woman to say that about another woman. Very bad move.

    Can’t say I’m unhappy that Camerson lost though. He is an a$$hole.

  31. meme says:

    If you haven’t seen it, The Hurt Locker is a great movie about war. War being a drug. the acting is amazing, especially Jeremy Renner who is the heart of the film.

  32. YeahRight says:

    I loved Avatar but it was not Best Picture material. The Hurt Locker had something to say, Avatar was just escapism.

  33. viper says:

    I thought the Green Zone was about a thousand times better than the Hurt Locker. All it did was glorify war and make it look bad ass – which it’s not. While the Green Zone highlight how wrong teh Iraq war was. But of course americans dont want to watch that; they want to believe what their soldiers do is honourable and all that garbage. There is nothing honourable about killing people. NOTHING.

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  35. daluraemoviegoer says:

    No, Kathryn Bigelow’s directing was superb and effectively built suspense in the movie. Some people think Avatar didn’t win just because the Academy members just tend to snub blockbusters as if Avatar’s the greatest masterpiece of all time. Well, I think Avatar had a typical man-versus-nature narrative based on western revisionism, and those cheesy dialogues, a load of typical sappiness of James Cameron. That said, I admit Avatar was entertaining in terms of special effects. But then again, Hurt Locker was not a typical Iraq War movie you have often seen at the box office – it focuses on individual soldiers and how they’re being affected by war on a daily basis. Suspense Bigelow created with her camera movements was superb. Sigourney, don’t make Hurt Locker’s wins look like some politically driven drama, but not really. Kathryn’s just a great director.

  36. audrey says:

    Fun fact: Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman EVER to win a Best Director Oscar. So if breasts were the determining factor, that’s a new one. To hell with Sigourney and her sexist, inflammatory, disgusting comments.

  37. Hmmhm says:

    To be honest, I prefer HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON more than avatar. I felt ripped off when watching Cameron’s movie once I saw how awesome HTTYD.

    Small movie perhaps, but quality is always better than quantity.

  38. EG says:

    Avatar is generic: mean white nations invading non-white nations.
    Sigourney is mediocre anyway, as was her role in Avatar.

  39. asiont says:

    watching Avatar was a waste of time, it’s simply a story of blue Pocahontas, nothing new

  40. 88Modesty88 says:

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  41. YoChill says:

    “There is nothing honourable about killing people. NOTHING.”

    True. There is nothing honorable. But sometimes one killing could save thousands.

  42. TaylorB says:

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  43. Rosina says:

    @TaylorB have to say that was exactly my reaction to Titanic. I remember thinking during Leo’s boring monologue “oh shut up and die already”.

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