Oscar Thoughts, Part I
'The Hurt Locker' Wins, But What Does It Mean?
1:15 PM, Mar 8, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
I mean literally, what does "hurt locker" mean? The BBC News explains.
As for the ongoing battle over the film's take on the war, it is likely to continue for some time. Even though director Kathryn Bigelow said she considered the movie to be antiwar, some have argued this was simply a sop to the left in order to secure last night's win. In her acceptance speech for best director, Bigelow did dedicate her Oscar to our men in women in uniform. But then she said she hoped they would all come home safe. Does this suggest Bigelow supports an immediate withdrawal? If so, how soon? Can't we just enjoy the movie for its thrills and suspense and leave it at that?
Later, after Hurt Locker took home the best picture award, Bigelow seemed a little embarrassed ("sorry to reiterate" were her exact words) when she rededicated the Oscar to the troops. Then she awkwardly threw in nonmilitary but equally essential personnel such as hazmat teams and firefighters. So to my brother-in-law Bill Dwyer, a firefighter in Arlington, Virginia, The Hurt Locker is dedicated to you!
Finally, when presenting the best director award, did Barbra Streisand really have to say, prior to announcing Bigelow's name, "And the winner is ... Well, the time has come..."? Imagine if Streisand said, "Well, the time has come ... for James Cameron to win his second best director Oscar! C'mon up here, James. You deserve it!"
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