Apparently, this year's Oscars weren't sexist enough or box-office-obsessed enough for 'Avatar' costar Sigourney Weaver.

According to Brazilian news site Folha Online, Weaver (who was in Brazil over the weekend to promote the DVD and Blu-Ray releases of 'Avatar') told local journalists that James Cameron lost the Best Director prize to ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow because of the 'Hurt Locker' director's gender advantage. "Jim didn't have breasts, and I think that was the reason," Folha Online quoted her as saying. "He should have taken home that Oscar."

(Right, because having breasts has helped so many women directors at the Oscars over the past 82 years. Before Bigelow, only three women had ever been nominated for directing Oscars, and none had ever won.) Apparently, this year's Oscars weren't sexist enough or box-office-obsessed enough for 'Avatar' costar Sigourney Weaver.

According to Brazilian news site Folha Online, Weaver (who was in Brazil over the weekend to promote the DVD and Blu-Ray releases of 'Avatar') told local journalists that James Cameron lost the Best Director prize to ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow because of the 'Hurt Locker' director's gender advantage. "Jim didn't have breasts, and I think that was the reason," Folha Online quoted her as saying. "He should have taken home that Oscar."

(Right, because having breasts has helped so many women directors at the Oscars over the past 82 years. Before Bigelow, only three women had ever been nominated for directing Oscars, and none had ever won.)

Weaver's remarks, as reported in the Huffington Post and other English-language outlets, also criticized the Academy for overlooking 'Avatar's' epic scale and record-breaking worldwide box-office in giving the Best Picture trophy to the intimate, little-seen 'Hurt Locker.' "In the past, 'Avatar' would have won because they [Oscar voters] loved to hand out awards to big productions, like 'Ben-Hur,'" she said. "Today it's fashionable to give the Oscar to a small movie that nobody saw."

It's true that 'Hurt Locker' is the lowest-grossing of all recent Oscar-winners, having earned just $16 million in North American theaters and $40 million total worldwide. ('Avatar' has earned $744 million here and $2.7 billion worldwide.) But Oscar has been plenty friendly to popular, epic films in recent years, not just small indies; alongside such movies as 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'No Country for Old Men' are such recent Best Picture winners as 'The Departed,' 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,' 'Gladiator' and Cameron's 'Titanic.'

During the run-up to this year's Academy Awards, Cameron's own public statements were nothing but supportive of his ex-wife's film, its Oscar chances, her accomplishment as its director and her shot at becoming the first woman to win a directing Oscar. No word on what he thinks of Weaver's sour grapes.

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