Sigourney Weaver turns nasty, attacks successful females

sigourney_weaverWhile promoting Avatar in Brazil with director James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver attacked the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, saying Cameron didn’t win the Best Director Oscar because he “didn’t have breasts.” Weaver, who starred in Avatar said Cameron — whose ex-wife, The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director — didn’t win because the Academy wanted to give the Oscar to a woman. “Jim didn’t have breasts, and I think that was the reason,” Weaver told Brazilian news site Folha Online over the weekend. “He should have taken home that Oscar.” She added, “In the past, Avatar would have won because they [Oscar voters] loved to hand out awards to big productions, like Ben-Hur. Today it’s fashionable to give the Oscar to a small movie that nobody saw.” Meow! That’s quite the nasty dig at the critically-acclaimed low budget Best Picture winner, The Hurt Locker. ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. Winnie Cooper • April 15, 2010 @ 7:39 AM

    …or maybe it’s because Avatar was a terrible film that appealed only on a visual level.

  2. revolver • April 15, 2010 @ 9:51 AM

    Hurt locker didn’t’ deserve to win.. it was a weak movie all around. IMO Taken was probably the best movie of last year.

  3. birdman35 • April 15, 2010 @ 10:26 AM

    She’s right about the small movie thing

  4. lucy • April 15, 2010 @ 10:33 AM

    I totally agree with what Ms. Weaver said. I knew right away when Barbara Streisand came out and mentioned that this was the first year a woman and and African american were nominated for a best picture that the Oscar would go to the Hurt locker. Terrible movie!!!! Avatar should have won for Best picture as well as Best Director. But that is Holllywood for you. Just like Sandra Bullock winning for her performance in the Blind Side over the girl that did Precious. Unbelievable. But it was Sandra’s time. Not enjoying the Oscars anymore. Too political!!!! Everyone should boycott the Academy Awards!!!!! They are extremely long and boring anyway

  5. Skinnyboy • April 15, 2010 @ 11:34 AM

    I think Hurt Locker was a B movie and one of the worst movies I seen this last year. Avatar was the most entertaining and exciting movie that over shadowed any movie seen last year. Its unfair that sex had to control the academy. I guess this is the way of the future quality does’nt count.

  6. quinn • April 15, 2010 @ 12:46 PM

    A woman slaging a woman. Why does it have to come down to that. Two different movies, the only remote similarity is that they both deal with the military. Congrats Kathryn, way to go James and shame on you Sigourney.

  7. Mary • April 15, 2010 @ 1:42 PM

    Well put Quinn. Having not seen The Hurt Locker I can’t comment on which was the better movie.

  8. Jo-Anne • April 15, 2010 @ 2:00 PM

    seen both movies and H.L. definitely deserved the win…

    what a pile of crap…Coppola and Campion had breasts as well, and anatomically speaking, so does Cameron. Had Sigourney acted in H.L. she would have been all smiles. Offhand, I can only think of one other good movie she has even acted in.

    she’s a bitter actress showing her true colours…blue

  9. alyson • April 15, 2010 @ 2:34 PM

    Avatar was interesting and visually quite appealing, but the story was weak, predictable an really sort of vapid. Maybe acting in the film, she has lost sight of just how good it wasn’t in an interesting and entertaining way. Special effects don’t necessarily win Oscars. Good on Cameron for challenging and creating new creative ways to make a movie — Poor on Signory for saying such tackless and ‘bad sport’ comments.

  10. Paula • April 15, 2010 @ 3:13 PM

    Neither Avatar nor The Hurt Locker were deserving of that award, in my opinion… If all was right in the world, it should have gone to the amazingly in-depth Up in the Air. However, The Hurt Locker is certainly much more deserving than Avatar, and I don’t regret that it won. Besides, the Best Picture winners are generally the types that one finds in the $5 bin at Wal-Mart in two years’ time, anyway (which won’t happen with Avatar).

  11. Bull • April 15, 2010 @ 3:23 PM

    Mmm lets see on one hand we have Avatar, a perfect visual ride of pure Epic entertainment that made a bazillion $ at the box office because people loved it and on the other we have the Hurt Locker, a movie about nothing, with no plot or storyline other than seeing a gung-ho demo expert not follow procedure we all know the military just loves that and he almost gets his teammates killed on the several occasions and the movie made about 200k at the box office because it was way too boring and unappealing.

    Clearly the Academy had no choice in the matter, like always they opted for the utterly boring one, hurrah for the Hurt Locker. Somewhat like when Chariots of Fire won over Raiders of the Lost Ark.

  12. Locode • April 15, 2010 @ 3:26 PM

    Avatar = Pocahontas + Smurfs.

    Maybe if Cameron spent more time on a decent story he might have won the best picture again.

    And what kind of drivel is SW spouting about “big productions”? As if that’s reason enough to give the film an Oscar. Poor SW, must be having hot flashes.

  13. Jo-Anne • April 15, 2010 @ 4:41 PM

    hahaha Locode! nice!

    Bull… a movie about nothing? Clearly you missed the total point of the film outlining the characters of the 3 main soldiers and how they wildly differed amongst a horrific background and the final outcome of renegade Renner’s decision to voluntarily place himself in a world that most people would “kill” to escape…

    you know, it’s sometimes what is NOT said that speaks the loudest…

  14. Kevin • April 15, 2010 @ 5:46 PM

    I saw Hurt Locker. Gave up after 5 mins and was bored out of my skull.

  15. ugh • April 15, 2010 @ 5:55 PM

    Although Hurt Locker wasn’t the best picture this year…. neither was Avatar.

  16. sam • April 15, 2010 @ 6:07 PM

    The people who say THL is about nothing and that avatar is OMG THE GREATEST MOVIE EVA!!!! are usually not the type of people who like movies that are artistic or require brain cells to watch. If box office determined the oscars then that would mean movies like transformers would be nominated.

  17. Nessa • April 15, 2010 @ 6:27 PM

    Honestly, I think that Avatar was only visually good. The story was weak and predictable. I’m sorry but it’s live action version of Disney’s Fern Gully. Exact same plot line.
    Didn’t see the Hurt Locker, don’t care to. But did you guys hear about how someone that worked on the Hurt Locker was sending out pleads to the oscar voters to have the Hurt Locker win?

  18. Wenchkin • April 15, 2010 @ 8:20 PM

    Okay so, I’ve seen Avatar AND Hurt Locker.

    In fact, I work at a movie store, and see pretty much every movie that is released, and I talked to hundreds of people about all of them.

    If there’s one thing I’ve come to know, it’s that not everyone likes the same kind of movies! I’ve heard the best and worst things about every movie that came out last year. It’s all just personal opinions

    PERSONALLY, I thought Avatar was great, and Hurt Locker was pretty good too. Was I disappointed Avatar didn’t win more awards? yes. Was I mad Hurt Locker won instead? no… (okay kind of).

    Bottom line is, don’t expect everyone to like the same movies as you, or the Oscar voters.

    How can anyone deny Avatar’s visual entertainment and epicness though? It’s not everyone’s thing, but there’s something to be said if it’s the highest grossing movie of all time, right? It must mean the average Joes were quite fascinated, not necessarily the Oscar voters, which is what counts in this award show, lest we forget.

  19. Boo • April 15, 2010 @ 11:28 PM


    I’ve worked in and around the motion picture biz for most of my career. While it may not be something that the general public are aware of, but the fact that anyone was pleading for a specific movie to win is just another in a long line. Most of the studios send copies of any nominated movies they created to every voting member of the Academy. Studios take out full page ads in the LA papers as well as in the trades.

    Some try to tie themselves to a charity or the like in an effort to make it seem a little less self-serving, but they all do it.

    You may find it interesting to know that often the movies that show up online before they are released in theatres, to say nothing of DVD are often the Academy Review copy that somebody got hold of. There are strange deadlines involve, so often nominated movies are just getting to the theatre, so the excuse is that they want to make sure that the voting members of the Academy “get a chance to see them”.

    Movies in the “lesser” classes – animated, short subject, documentary, and especially foreign really have to send out copies because their movies may not be available for viewing as they are shown on a limited number of screens and usually only in big cities.

    So there is my short lesson on how the Academy members are wooed by the various producers in order to help their movies do better in the voting.

    As others have said, it’s really, really political but they must be doing something right: Millions of people from virtually every country on the planet sit down each year to watch the overly long, totally saccharine “live television event” year after year…..sigh……

  20. Zana • April 16, 2010 @ 10:21 AM

    Avatar is a revolutionary film in regards to its 3D presentation. It is by far the best 3D film I’ve ever seen, and truly, the other 3D pictures out there should stick to their traditional formats.

    Having said that, it did not deserve to win Best Picture or Best Director. The story has been done to death…not that it’s a bad things, but Best Picture is more than just effects.

    I’m not sure Hurt Locker should have won either…it was a very good movie, but Best Picture? My vote went to Inglourious Basterds…but hey…what do I know? I’m just a paying movie goer.

  21. Lenny • April 16, 2010 @ 10:53 AM

    Best Picture should have gone to The Hangover!

  22. lyla • April 16, 2010 @ 11:01 AM

    Somebody’s obviously bitter the movie she was in didn’t win – and didn’t bloody deserve to. Hurt Locker may not have been as fast paced as Avatar, but Bigelow created this tension filled cinematic masterpiece, while Cameron changed the names in Pocahontas and traded musical numbers for 3D. Weaver should be ashamed that she is sinking so low and claiming that Bigelow’s win was not deserved – even James Cameron didn’t try this, and he’s notorious for being a crybaby. Avatar is a popcorn movie, Hurt Locker is a gritty and original film. Just because it made a lot of money doesn’t mean it deserved Oscar gold.

  23. athena910 • April 17, 2010 @ 10:16 AM

    More and more each year I find the Academy Awards to be increasingly irrelevant to what real people see and enjoy at the movies. I mean no disrespect to Hurt Locker. Maybe it was a good film. I didn’t see it because it was TOO VIOLENT as was last year’s pick. So, a small movie with very limited appeal wins out over a movie that many many people watched and enjoyed, including myself. That doesn’t seem right.

  24. Jo-Anne • April 17, 2010 @ 1:29 PM

    at the very very least, don’t you think you should see a movie before judging its merits?

    also, no surprise at all that a movie based entirely on war/explosives experts would include some violent scenes…

  25. jean baptist emanuel zorg • April 17, 2010 @ 7:48 PM

    Avatar was an anti-american propaganda film,
    anti-corporate greed, anti-war, anti-invasion of other planets (countries) anti stealing their resources and anti killing the locals in the process so the share holders at home can become rich, anti-private mad mercenary companies that kill locals without remorse, overall anti exactly everything the americans do to the world right now.
    It was not about breasts in any way.
    James Cameron is also a Canadian which allowed him to make anti-american movie.
    The Hurt Locker on the other hand is all about that.
    All about war and invasion of other countries to steal their resources for profit.
    I used to like Mr. Tom Hanks but he is playing politics as well. He awarded the best picture statue to a mediocre movie because it was the “politically correct” thing to do.

  26. Two-Face • April 19, 2010 @ 10:28 PM

    It doesn’t really matter on who won or not. The Acadamy picked what they thought was best. Just because Avatar didnt win any doesn’t mean it “deserved” to, even though it replaced Titanic as the world’s most grossed movie, you dont have to have a hissy fit about it. If the hurt locker won, then it won: Nothings gonna change it.

  27. Cathy • April 29, 2010 @ 9:14 AM

    I totally agree. I still can’t believe Avatar didn’t win Best Picture. In years to come they’ll be saying,” What was the movie that won that year?…Hurt something….” The Acadamy Awards are becoming way too political for my taste, I’m not sure it’s worth watching anymore. They should have an award for the most memorable film, like Raiders of The Lost Ark, Star Wars,Color Purple, The Dark Knight, and Avatar…. so many have been ignored but will never be forgotten.

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