Will James Cameron face off against his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow?
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Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
Previous nominations or wins: None
Pros: Bigelow has directed one of the most acclaimed films of the year which is also one of the relatively successful Iraq-themed war pictures (not an easy feat). The heralded bomb diffusing scenes are solely the result of Bigelow's impressive talents at work.
Cons: The heat on the film's awards campaign really needs to increase if "Locker" has a chance to be a clear contender. If it does, not only could Bigelow become the fourth woman in history nominated for Best Director, but the first to actually win.