Editor's Viewpoint: Oscar can’t Hurt
Kathryn Bigelow may be the first woman in the 82-year history of the Oscars to win the best director prize but does that mean that the glass ceiling in an industry dominated by men has been permanently shattered?
Probably not, as the number of women who are at the creative nub of film making — as opposed to being marketable stars — is very low.
Yet it will give encouragement to other women film-makers. The irony of Bigelow’s award is that her film, about a bomb disposal team in Iraq, is a very macho movie. She may be a woman in a predominantly male world, but she makes films that men like.