Bret Easton Ellis has hit out over director Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar chances.
The writer made an apparently sexist comment about the Point Break director, saying her acclaimed new movie Zero Dark Thirty is an Academy favourite simply because she is a “very hot woman”.
Ellis took to Twitter to say: “Zero Dark Thirty might win critics awards but Silver Linings Playbook will win the Best Picture Oscar. This is how it always happens.
He continued: “Kathryn Bigelow would be considered a mildly interesting filmmaker if she was a man but since she’s a very hot woman she’s really overrated.”
The American Psycho author also criticised Bigelow’s body of work, adding: “Kathryn Bigelow: Strange Days, K-19, The Widowmaker, Blue Steel, The Hurt Locker. Are we talking about visionary filmmaking or just OK junk?”
Bigelow became the first woman to win the Best Director Oscar in 2010 for The Hurt Locker. Zero Dark Thirty, a story about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden starring Jessica Chastain and Kyle Chandler, opens in the UK on January 25.