LONDON - Kathryn Bigelow has taken the best-director prize at the British Academy Film Awards for the Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker."
Bigelow beat nominees that included her former husband, "Avatar" director James Cameron, who was raised near Niagara Falls, Ont.
She also beat out Vancouver-based director Neill Blomkamp, who was nominated for District 9."
"The Hurt Locker" has also won prizes for original screenplay, cinematography, editing and sound. "Avatar" picked up awards for production design and visual effects.
"Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" both went into Sunday's awards with nominations in eight categories, including best picture.