When James Cameron oh-so-humbly stated that he was "King of the World" after winning the Academy Award for Best Director with 'Titanic,' many viewed the proclamation as more ego-stroking hubris than trying-to-be-clever film quoting. Since then, Cameron's notorious ego and unending praise for, well, James Cameron have earned the filmmaker a prickly reputation in Hollywood. When James Cameron oh-so-humbly stated that he was "King of the World" after winning the Academy Award for Best Director with 'Titanic,' many viewed the proclamation as more ego-stroking hubris than trying-to-be-clever film quoting. Since then, Cameron's notorious ego and unending praise for, well, James Cameron have earned the filmmaker a prickly reputation in Hollywood.

So it was with more than a little joy that we read Vanity Fair's faux-Oscar acceptance speech should Cameron take home the gold for 'Avatar.' In the four-page missive, complete with a Na'vi warrior in lieu of the MGM Lion, Cameron thanks nobody but himself, going off on the other nominees and bragging about 'Avatar's' shortcomings (i.e. everything but the visual effects.)

To wit: "I got FOX, the cheapest studio in the world, to write me a blank check to sit in a hangar all day and re-shoot 'Dances With Wolves' with Lite Brite cat people -- and it worked! Jesus, I hallucinated that script after I took a deep-sea dive on an empty oxygen tank. I named the magical-rock thing 'unobtanium' for God's sake. That was a typo."

So if 'Avatar' nabs Best Picture or Cameron grabs the Best Director title, will he be more humbled the second time around? Or does a $2.5 billion worldwide gross ensure that, once again, the ego has landed?



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