Posted by Tania Kindersley.
'59-year-old woman wins prize' might not sound fabulously exciting, but when you consider it is Kathryn Bigelow being the first female to get a Best Director Oscar ever, it takes on a whole new meaning. It seems a marvellous and fitting thing to happen on the eve of International Women's Day. Hurrah for the Ladies.
It's not just that no woman has ever won for direction before, it's that there hardly are any women, directing. Women make up 7% of directors in Hollywood, and 23% of producers. There is something entirely bizarre about this. One of the things the Right in America loves to bang on about is those pesky latte-drinking arugula-eating com-symp peacenik Obama-lovin' coming-to-get-your-guns Hollywood types, who have no idea what the Real America is all about. They are liberal elites, who sit smugly on the coast, dreaming of a socialist paradise, the lefty bastards. They are all about political correctness and huge government. Except, oddly, when it comes to the ladies, and then it's all back-to-the-kitchen 1950s retro madness. So that's just one more thing I do not quite understand.
What made me especially happy about Bigelow is that she is not just a women, but a women of a certain age. When Hollywood is not dreaming of Karl Marx, it occupies itself by indulging in a blatant youth fetish, which is why everyone has plastic surgeons on speed dial. I am not much for red carpets, but I did enjoy looking at pictures of the mature females beating the hell out of the babies in the style and elegance stakes.
My photograph of the day is of Sigourney Weaver, Helen Mirren, Kathryn Bigelow and Meryl Streep, showing how it should be done:
And for extra loveliness, I salute Susan Geston, the wife of Jeff Bridges, who not only has managed to stay married for 33 years, which must be a record in California, but looks utterly glorious without appearing to have had any plastic surgery at all:
Oh, and one more, of the Firths, just because I think they exemplify dignity and class in the red carpet zoo:
I really am going to stop now, but I can't resist a final snap of Sandra Bullock, who had the grace and moxy to turn up to collect her Worst Actress award the night before she got her Best Actress award, and made jokes about it:
Happy International Women's Day.