Oscars 2012

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Best Director, 2009
They say it's the children who suffer most in a divorce, but did they ever consider the consequences for Academy voters who were forced to choose between ex-spouses Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron when it came to selecting a Best Director in 2009? Bigelow ultimately won for The Hurt Locker, becoming the first woman to do so in Academy history. Not that Cameron (up for Avatar and already a Best Director winner 12 years earlier for Titanic), minded: He still seemed on "top of the world" as he effusively congratulated his ex after her big win.