Supporting what could be the first female win for the Best Director Oscar is especially easy for fellow director Foster, who hopes it will mean "more opportunities for women to direct."
"Am I going to be chanting, 'Kathryn Bigelow, Kathryn Bigelow, Kathryn Bigelow?' " Foster told PEOPLE of cheering the Hurt Locker director at the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards Friday. "Listen, it's a great honor for any director: Male, female, carnivore, vegetarian. But I was thrilled to see a film of that caliber with such a strong hand as a director."
Added Foster: "This is clearly something that she's worked her entire life for."
And, it could make life-dreams a reality for other women interested in pursuing the same thing. "It is very hard to hand $8 million to somebody who doesn't look like you," Foster said. But just like acting, "You just always hope that you can somehow get a job. That is your one concern: To keep working."
Reporting by Oliver Jones
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 7, and televised live on ABC beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET.