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Shira Tarrant: The Hurt Locker Blows Up More Than Bombs

March 7, 2010

Oscars alert: Women's Media Center is live-blogging and Tweeting during the Oscars tonight!  Stay tuned for our take on the year's biggest night in entertainment. Tonight's Oscars are unique, not just because of the double-stuffed Best Picture nominees, or the outlandish outfits that sometimes make more news than actor wearing them, but because a woman – "The Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow - stands a very good chance of finally shattering one of the toughest ceilings in the industry – the Academy Award for Best Directing.  And as Shira Tarrant points out in The Huffington Post, discussion surrounding the film has actually expanded since the original buzz: "a woman's making a war movie, and it might actually be pretty good." Tarrant writes, citing an article in The Los Angeles Times: "More than just a blow-'em-up extravaganza, journalist Reed Johnson suggests that Bigelow's film 'shakes up traditional ideas of what men are and how they act.' Bigelow likes the big bang in her movies -- guns, explosions, a rough-punch to the gut...But Bigelow is more deeply interested in the warrior codes of masculinity that are intertwined with men's fears and feelings, and their conflicted impulses around loyalty and leadership, posturing and parenthood." Tarrant also shouts-out Women's Media Center co-founder Jane Fonda's HuffPo piece on celebrating women in Hollywood! Sign WMC's petition to support more women at the Oscars next year, and read Tarrant's full piece here.