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Who will win the DGA award: 'Avatar's' James Cameron or 'The Hurt Locker's' Kathryn Bigelow?

January 27, 2010 |  6:23 am

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We asked a few dozen experts to predict which one of the five Directors Guild of America nominees will win on  Saturday: James Cameron ("Avatar"), Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds"), Lee Daniels ("Precious"), Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") or Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air"). The pundits split into rival camps backing either a man and a woman who, coincidentally, used to be married to each other.

TEAM CAMERON

Lane Brown (Vulture, New York Magazine), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Feinberg (And the Winner Is...), Elena Howe (The Envelope, L.A. Times), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby, The Envelope), Jill Sergeant (Reuters), Sean Smith (Entertainment Weekly), Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today)


TEAM BIGELOW

Thelma Adams (Us Weekly), Brad Brevet (Rope of Silicon), Ted Casablanca (E! Online), Erik Davis (Cinematical),  Greg Ellwood (Hit Fix), Marshall Fine (Star Magazine, Hollywood and Fine), Paul Gaita (The Circuit, The Envelope), Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Peter Howell (Toronto Star), Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Kevin Lewin (World Entertainment News Network), Guy Lodge (In Contention), Lou Lumenick (New York Post), Jack Mathews (The Oscarologist, Moviefone), Steve Pond (The Odds, The Wrap), Nathaniel Rogers (Film Experience), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Chuck Walton (Fandango), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere)

Photos: James Cameron (20th Century Fox), Kathryn Bigelow (Summit Entertainment)

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Hurt Locker is way overrated.
It doesn't come close to making the cut for the best War pics of all time.
It's just one explosion after the other.
Standard Hollywood script set in Iraq. Acting is uneven.
And it has some laughable dialogue as well!
Don't get me wrong. It's a solid indie pic.
But the fact that it's so lauded shows us how bad the year in cinema really was.
I'd have to give the top prizes to Avatar.
It gives us something we haven't seen before, and no matter what its faults is at least an instant classic.
And if he doesn't get it, Tarantino deserves it.

Is this really down to a two horse race? My two horse race would be between Bigelow for Hurt Locker and Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious
Basterds. Avatar is a computer and idea man's kinda movie that offers many impressive visuals, but has some terrible dialogue and I'm not sure if it is really directed or just created by computers and new technology. Neill Blomkamp for District 9 would be a more interesting alternative if they want to go sci-fi, but that's the longest of longshots.

The skids were greased to a fine polish last weekend for Hurt Locker to run the table from here on out. A meteor has a better chance of hitting the DGA awards dinner than Cameron has tomorrow night. The wrong film will win, the wrong director will win, but the Producers Guild travesty is going to snowball hugely starting with this. Never mind the tens of millions who have seen and enjoyed Avatar, the DGA and Oscars are going to commit epic seppuku and reward a movie that tens of hundreds saw.

Go Team Bigelow! The Hurt Locker was incredible.

@ JohnDoes:

Yes, that's why Elena Howe is on the Team Cameron bandwagon. Go Team Cameron!

Bigelow is more deserving than Cameron but no director compares to Tarantino this year -- his best work, the best film and most exciting and impressive and hope that he wins -- so TEAM TARANTINO

I don't really get it...wasn't Avatar supposed to be the front runner at the Oscars according to this site about a week ago?

Bigelow - no question.

Go, Team Bigelow!


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