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Who Is The Ultimate Game Changer In Entertainment?

Huffington Post   First Posted: 09/15/10 12:08 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:20 PM ET

HuffPost's Game Changers series celebrates 100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders in 12 categories who, whether working in the spotlight or under the radar, are changing how we look at the world and the way we live in it. We salute them for their willingness to look at things and take the risk of saying, "I think I have a better way."

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Kathryn Bigelow
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Changed the game by ... defeating the kings of the movie world. In 2010, Bigelow, who directed the Iraq war movie "The Hurt Locker," became the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director. Bigelow is not just one of the rare successful female filmmakers in Hollywood, she's succeeded in action movies, a universe almost uniformly dominated by male explosion artists. She told the New York Times that she makes movies “to transport you to an event or a physicality or a location or an experience or an emotional odyssey that is purely experiential.”

She said it: "If there's specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can't change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies. It's irrelevant who or what directed a movie, the important thing is that you either respond to it or you don't. There should be more women directing; I think there's just not the awareness that it's really possible. It is."

Must-click link: Bigelow on "Charlie Rose"
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