Kathryn Bigelow's feature award from the Directors' Guild of America — the first ever for a woman — confirms her status as an Oscar favorite. She was also the favorite of quite a few of her male peers that night:
The Bigelow lovefest, according to reports (the event isn't televised or webcast) ranged from praise of her directorial chops to praise of her legs. (All nominated directors give speeches whether they win or not).
Quentin Tarantino recalled seeing Near Dark in 1987: "I went home and wrote 'Kathryn Bigelow is the queen of directors." Jason Reitman said, "Kathryn, I knew you were a great director. After seeing The Hurt Locker, I consider you one of the greats."
According to The Wrap's Steve Pond's Twitter feed, Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner joked, "The only thing to rival Kathryn Bigelow in a bikini is Lee Daniels in a one-piece."
Daniels himself said in his pre-award speech, "My sister sent me a text before the show. She just wanted to know if Kathryn Bigelow had won yet. Kathryn, your movie is as beautiful as your legs. You make me question my sexuality."
It was enough to disturb several observers, including Andre Soares at Alt Film Guide, who wrote, "Had she been a handsome guy, I wonder how many remarks would have been made about his physical attributes. And how many male directors and presenters would be publicly questioning their sexuality."
And what of James Cameron? (Did you know they used to be married?) Observers said he took particular care in lauding all of the other directors in his speech, including Bigelow. That continued even after the host tried to play up the rivalry: