Brett Easton Ellis, the author behind novels such as “American Psycho” and “Less Than Zero,” got himself into trouble after some random tweets last week. Ellis said that the only reason Kathryn Bigelow is getting all the praise she is comes from the fact that she is hot, and that if a man directed “The Hurt Locker,” it would not have won an Oscar. This sexism seems strange coming from a gay man.
Ellis recently backtracked and apologized for what he said was meant to be provocative, saying “those big proclamations I made about Bigelow’s ‘hot’ looks: where does that come from? Because clearly I haven’t been mentioning her male counterparts looks or lack thereof. And being gay you’d think I might’ve gone there.”
With Ellis creating a firestorm online about the qualities of a female director, here is a look at some women who can honestly direct circles around men right now.
The woman that started this debate remains one of the most interesting directors working today. With her last movie, “The Hurt Locker,” she beat out her own ex-husband James Cameron and might have actually surpassed him as a pure film director. While Cameron has an eye for the dramatic, Bigelow simply knows how to tell a gripping story using her camera and her actors. Don’t be surprised when Bigelow wins her second Oscar this year for “Zero Dark Thirty.”
She comes from great stock, and Sofia Coppola has created a style that is all her own, completely breaking out of the shadow of her talented father, Francis Ford Coppola. While her films are not always to everyone’s taste, as she shares her father’s love for art cinema, no one can deny her talent as a director. Whether it was the brilliant “Lost in Translation” or the impressive looking “Marie Antoinette,” Coppola is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
She doesn’t have the name value of a Kathryn Bigelow or Sofia Coppola, but Patty Jenkins has the respect of much of Hollywood. She also became the first women to direct a Marvel Studios superhero movie with “Thor” before backing out due to creative differences. In 2003, Jenkins directed Charlize Theron to an Oscar win in the movie “Monster” and took a daring chance on difficult subject matter. She has worked in TV since then, but expect Jenkins to return to the big screen soon.
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