Really? A Woman Is Just Now Winning an Oscar for Best Director in the History of the Academy Awards???

It seems incredible that it took 82 years before a woman won the Oscar for best director of a film. Congratulations to Kathryn Bigelow for breaking down barriers and for making a wonderful film, The Hurt Locker, which also won Best Picture during the ceremony.

Congratulations to Mo'Nique for winning best supporting actress in a film for her role as the abusive mother in Precious. Based on the clips of her performance that I've seen, the Oscar was well deserved.

I know there are a lot of Avatar fans and foes, people who have seen the film five times and were rooting for it, and people who called those fans "avatards" and were gleeful when it didn't win Best Picture. I didn't have strong feelings about the film either way. For me it was about the visual experience more than the story or the film's representations about race. Avatar was visually stunning and an okay story. And let's be real, I don't expect anyone who has not walked in my shoes to represent the world as I see it.

Let's hope Bigelow's win signals an opportunity for more women to tell stories from our perspectives.

**Also: The LA Times reports that Geoffrey Fletcher's win for his adaptation of "Push" into the screenplay Precious makes him "the first African-American to win a writing award." Fletcher gave a heartfelt and somewhat stunned acceptance speech.

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