Once and for all, everyone has been expecting James Cameron to be the Best Director for Avatar, but his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow got it for her The Hurt Locker.
Though the battle is not only between the two of them but among nominees, Cameron and Bigelow has a more personal connection. Cameron was married 5 times and one of those 5 marriages was to Kathryn Bigelow (1989 to1991).
Before the announcement of winners took place, Cameron’s Avatar and Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker lead the pack with nine nominations each but in the end Bigelow’s Hurt Locker got most of the Oscars. The Hurt Locker got 6, which includes Best Director, Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing while Avatar only had 3; Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects.
Nonetheless, both film makers made their history, Cameron has the Highest Grossing Film of All time while Bigelow became the first female Best Director in the history of the Academy Awards.