Kathryn Bigelow Joins Rarefied TIME Cover Group

At the recent Golden Globes, Kathryn Bigelow and Jodie Foster commingled on stage and off; Bigelow as a Best Director nominee, Foster as the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

By gracing the cover of the February 4 issue of TIME magazine, Bigelow joins Foster once again, this time as only the second female film director to adorn the publication. Foster did so back in October 1991.

The cover shot was taken by Paola Kudacki, the accompanying interview-profile conducted by Jessica Winter with help from Lily Rothman. Female power all around for this one.

Among those chiming in for the piece besides Bigelow is Willem Dafoe, who accepted on the spot backstage at a New York theater when she offered him a role in her 1982 debut feature The Loveless:

“Kathryn then is the same Kathryn now,” Dafoe says. “She’s attracted to something instinctively, and then she researches it, and her research becomes an adventure. In the late ’70s there was a lot of interest in rockabilly and appreciation of ’50s outlaw culture, so she would go to clubs to scout people for their look and style, and worry about coaxing a performance out of them later. She was so interested in the slang and the idiom and the ritual of that world, which wasn’t really of her own experience. And she’s still interested in learning the language and rituals of hidden worlds.”

In total, including Bigelow, twelve film directors have been featured over the years on the cover of TIME. The first in 1934 was none other than the guy whose name minted Foster’s Lifetime Achievement Award – Cecil B. DeMille – followed by Frank Capra, Ingmar Bergman, Mike Nichols, Woody Allen, George Lucas, David Lean, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch and Michael Moore.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Which is the Bigger Oscar Snub: Ben Affleck or Kathryn Bigelow?