Sigourney Weaver: James Cameron lost out on Oscar because he 'didn't have breasts'So, um, yeah. The most common outcome in the Oscars is for men to win the best director Oscar, but this year the only reason a man didn't win was sexism? WTF?!?
The Avatar actor Sigourney Weaver accused Oscar voters of sexism earlier this week, suggesting the film's director, James Cameron, lost out on major awards because of his gender.
In an interview with a Brazilian news website, Weaver said the Academy's choice of best director was motivated by the fact that a woman had never won the prize.
"Jim didn't have breasts, and I think that was the reason," Weaver told Folha Online. "He should have taken home that Oscar," she said.
Cameron was beaten by his former wife, Kathryn Bigelow, the first female winner of the best director prize, and only the fourth woman to be nominated for it in the Oscars' 82-year history.
Weaver also attacked the Academy's choice for the best picture award, suggesting The Hurt Locker, Bigelow's low-budget Iraq war drama, only triumphed over the 3D blockbuster on account of a trend towards rewarding an underdog over a box-office triumph.Full quote was actually:
"Today it's fashionable to give the Oscar to a small movie that nobody saw," Weaver said.
To date, with over $2.7bn taken at the global box office, Avatar has grossed nearly 150 times the amount of The Hurt Locker, which only earned $18.1m worldwide.
"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."Finally:
Weaver's attack on the Academy comes during a trip to Brazil with Cameron. Earlier this week in Sao Paulo, the pair planted the first of one million trees planned as an initiative between Twentieth Century Fox and the charity Earth Day Network to coincide with the release of Avatar on DVD and Blu-ray. By the end of the year, the trees will be planted in 15 countries, in keeping with the environmental message of the film.(Source) (Source2) (Source3)
Whether you agree with her criticising the Academy for giving the award to a small movie will depend. However, it highlights just how bitter Sigourney Weaver seems to be in her comments.
Okay, so yeah I don't want to make the mistake of criticising women for misogyny more than men (after all, that'd be kinda sexist). However, I think it's fair to say that I'd be just as pi**ed off (if not more) if this came from a male actor in the movie such as Sam Worthington.
Much as I love how they are planting trees, the fact that it's a shameless publicity stunt coloured by bitter mocking of rival films kinda undermines it. I first found this story on Filmdrunk and in his review he said the following:
"I get it, I suck because of my soulless lifestyle and technology. Is there an iPhone app for white guilt?"