Since Massachusetts blew the senatorial election to replace Ted Kennedy, I’m going to do what lots of folks do to avoid reality: focus on Hollywood. I shall now turn my attention to the next important “race” in America, which is the Oscar race. In this contest, I support only one candidate and would like to announce my endorsement by offering the following campaign slogan: Kathryn Bigelow rocks.

If you don’t know who she is, I dare you to watch The Hurt Locker and walk out of the movie theater without having your mind blown. Hollywood’s got Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers leading a tiny pack of female film directors, but these dames only churn out girly schlock about parenting, shopping and going gaga for guys. Kathryn Bigelow is a different animal. Some of the director’s most famous films were 1987’s Near Dark, a creepily dark gore fest about vampires, and Point Break, an adrenaline rush about bank-robbing surfers that became a cult classic despite the Keanu Reeves cheese factor.

But Bigelow’s masterpiece is last year’s The Hurt Locker, a gritty, ass-on-the-edge-of-your-seat film about the Iraq War which the New York Times promises will leave you “shaken, exhilarated and drained, but…also thinking.” As a filmmaker, Kathryn Bigelow is hardcore and virile.

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