Sigourney Weaver: James Cameron lost Oscar because he ‘doesn’t have breasts’
The Hollywood actress Sigourney Weaver has said that James Cameron, the Avatar director, lost out on an Oscar because he is male.
The 60-year-old, who starred in the film, also said that Avatar missed out because it is unfashionable to give the Oscar to big Hollywood blockbusters.
In an interview with a Brazilian news website, Weaver said the Academy's choice of best director was motivated by the fact that a woman had never won the prize.
"Jim didn't have breasts, and I think that was the reason," Weaver told Folha Online. "He should have taken home that Oscar," she said.
Avatar was beaten by The Hurt Locker at this year’s Oscars. The film was directed by Cameron’s ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow.
She became the first female winner of the best director prize and only the fourth woman to be nominated for it in the Oscars' 82-year history.
The film was made for just £10m (€11m), compared to Avatar, which is rumoured to have cost around £300m (€341m).
In all The Hurt Locker took home six Oscars and Avatar just three. Both had been nominated for nine awards.
But Weaver said Avatar lost out on the main prize because it would have been “unfashionable” for the film to win.
"In the past, Avatar would have won because they loved to give the award to those great movies like Ben-Hur,” she said.
“Today it's fashionable to give the Oscar to a small movie that nobody saw.”
To date, Avatar has grossed over $2.7bn (€2bn) – nearly 150 times the amount of The Hurt Locker, which only earned $18.1m (€13.3m) worldwide.
Weaver's made the comments during a trip to Brazil with Cameron, during which they planted the first of one million trees planned as an initiative between Twentieth Century Fox and the charity Earth Day Network to coincide with the release of Avatar on DVD and Blu-ray.