Opinion: Whoopi Is Loud and Proud

When Kathryn Bigelow won the Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker — her raw, unsentimental film about an American bomb-disposal squad in the Iraqi war — she was the first woman in the 82-year history of the Academy Awards to do so. While that’s a pretty dramatic shattering of a glass ceiling, she stayed away from acknowledging gender issues in her acceptance speech. She also chose not to go the way of her ex, James Cameron, and call herself “queen of the world.” She prefers to see herself as a filmmaker, period.