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Bigelow taking it 'a day at a time'

Kathryn Bigelow revealed she is trying not to think about the fact she's being tipped to win Best Director at the Oscars.

The filmmaker's Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker won big at the Baftas and was a winner at the Writers Guild Of America (WGA) Awards in Los Angeles this weekend.

"It's pretty nice, it really is a great compliment to the whole cast and crew and that's what's important," Kathryn said on the red carpet at the WGA ceremony.

"I'm trying to look at things a day at a time right now because otherwise I could get a little anxious, I feel like this whole experience has been so gratifying, so thrilling."

"The opportunity to be recognised for a movie that puts a spotlight onto a situation is personally so moving for me," she added.

Kathryn insists being the only woman in the running for Best Director isn't what is important to her.

"Well, it's exciting but I think of myself as a filmmaker. I tend not to think of it in gender terms but I think it's very exciting. Hopefully, as I'm inspired by filmmakers, maybe I can inspire others," she said.

The Hurt Locker won Best Original Screenplay for writer Mark Boal at the WGA Awards. Up In The Air earned the Adapted Screenplay award for writer-director Jason Reitman and co-writer Sheldon Turner.

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