Avatar director James Cameron said prior to the 2010 Golden Globes that he thought his behavior when accepting the Best Picture Oscar for Titanic may preclude him from winning the big prize at this year’s Academy Awards.
“I always believe it’s very unlikely that lightening will strike twice,” said Cameron. “I believe it’s very unlikely that we will win because I made such a jackass out of myself last time. Although there might be some curiosity about what I might do.”
Avatar is nominated for nine awards, which ties the count earned by Kathryn Bigelow’s war drama, The Hurt Locker — also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, along with Best Actor for Jeremy Renner and Best Original Screenplay for war scribe Mark Boal.
Bigelow was married to Cameron from 1989 to 1991.
“The Hurt Locker is a very, very strong picture. Of the contenders, it’s definitely the strongest,” says Cameron. “Certainly it’s Kathryn’s moment. I would happily lose to her. I’ve already got one of those damn statues. I’d be pissed off if somebody else won, but I wouldn’t mind if she won.”