Yes, Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman to win a best director Oscar. What’s even more interesting is her background, and the fact that someone whose resume includes stints with the Art & Language collective, and collaboration with Mayo Thompson of the Red Crayola, has achieved such mainstream success.
My own choices for the three most essential John McPhee books would be The Control of Nature, Coming into the Country, and The Pine Barrens, but the point is to read the man’s work, if you haven’t already done so.
As much as I love Neil Young’s music, I found the Jonathan Demme music-doc Neil Young: Heart of Gold a little too stately for my taste. The second go-round between Demme and Young, The Neil Young Trunk Show, sounds like it’ll be a lot more interesting.