March 7th, 2010
07:11 PM ET

James Cameron: Surprised by success of 'Avatar'

James Cameron, who donned a blue pocket square to match his wife's gown, said he never dreamed "Avatar" would make such a splash.

"We thought we were going to make some money, but not nearly as much as we did," he said.

As for the buzz about Cameron and his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, going head to head, he said he couldn't be more proud of what she has accomplished.

Filed under: Avatar • movies • Oscars 2010

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  1. CherylS

    Once again the Academy proved that it likes to vote "serious movies" as Best Picture. Avator is awesome, Hurt Locker is tense albeit somewhat boring in places. But Hurt Locker is the "serious" film.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alejandra

    Avatar was far best the best movie, Hurt Locker won purely because of politics. James Cameron is a genius. If the Academy doesn't see that then their true colors show. The story of Avatar tells what we should do as a civilization, Hurt Locker is just another war movie.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Annie

    Note to James Cameron's wife :

    Eat a sandwich!

    March 11, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. kevin

    hurtlocker was totally the superior movie. it had an original plot line, didnt last 4 damn hours, and didnt make up for what it lacked with millions of dollars spent on graphics. lisa is right: avatar is ferngulley and Pocahontas with guns and wierd blue people.

    not a fan of any baldwin but steve martin did a damn good job, Precious should have beat out The Blind Side and Julie & Julia, and Quentin Tarentino should have won best movie with inglorious basterds, but thats a bias opinion cuz im a huge tarentino fan

    March 11, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. brimter

    The only thing Katherine Bigalow proved on Sunday night is that you can win while being second best. And while Avatar was the better film, James Cameron can't be too upset due to his jewel's success. Even though, it's always shitty when politics triumph over merit.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. lisa

    Seen Avatar the first time when it was called Ferngulley. It was visually appealling, but that is all.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kris

    I enjoyed watching Avatar. I saw it twice in theaters. It was/is an amazing technological achievement. Did I expect it to win the Best Picture Oscar? Yes. Did I think it deserved it? Absolutely not.

    It is simply not that great of a movie, and it is not original either. The Oscars recognize the best MOVIES, not the best CGI. Avatar has almost an identical plot to Pocahontas. Here's Pocahontas for you: More technologically advanced, more "civilized" and more indentifiable to the audience race/group of people explore a New World, eager to harvest and reap the benefits of the natural resources. A misunderstood native population who seems backwards and in the way at first is present. The lead protagonist of the foreign explorers encounters the daughter of the tribe's chief, and follows her and learns the ways of her people, and falls in love. As the foreign explorers move in to exploit and remove the local tribe, our protagonist is conflicted and sides with love as he realizes it is the right thing to do, to respect the land and not accept ownership over it. A battle ensues, the natives are driven from their home. The only difference is that Pocahontas mirrored real life, where the Europeans won, yet Avatar had the ability to let the "good guys" win. Same movie. Not deserving of an Oscar.

    March 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marty

    Sarah Jessica was looking rather haggard (ok, corpse-like isn't too far off the mark), but the woman in the photo is , I believe, James Cameron's wife. And Avatar didn't deserve the Oscar, even though I loved it. The story was far too derivative.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sarah

    I watched "Hurt Locker" last night in DVD. Its good but it left me hanging. While "Avatar" gives you a direct message on the importance of loving the environment. "Avatar" should have won!

    March 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hunter

    Big budget does not equal award worthy. The Hurt Locker was a superior piece of filmmaking and storytelling.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Trevor

    Everyone saying Avatar got robbed - Did you even see the movie? Sure, it was visually spectacular, but so was Transformers. Avatar was poorly written, had horrendous dialogue, a dumbed down plot, and caricatures instead of characters. I enjoyed it, but it was far from the best movie of the year.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rosanne

    I have not seen Avatar but I know people who have seen it and liked it. I like Sarah Jessica Parker's dress–it wasn't form fitting but everything a woman wears doesn't have to be. I thought that the Neil Patrick Harris singing was off-key or he was sick but I loved Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin–I thought they worked well together–very funny.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dwight huth

    The reason why Avatar lost was because it reminded most Americans what transpired only a few hundred years ago when America started to move into the plains states. The expansion westward saw many things done to the environment like killing the buffaloe just for their hides leaving the meet behind, not respecting the American Indian's lands where white settlers came and took and did what ever they wnated to. Basically Avatar shows the ugly side of how America came to be, forcing people off of their lands by calling them savages to explain the reasoning behind their treatment and murder. In short the greed of the ultra-capitilist is being shown through in Avatar and no one wants to be thought of as that type of American. The Hurt Locker on the other hand shows the American's described above as still being the supposed powerhouse of the country where they wield their might around like a spoiled five year old gets a new toy one day and wants the world the next day.

    Although the Hurt Locker is based on reality somewhat it cannot compete with the reality of Avatar which can simply be said as Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 which will fill the screen with more of Avatar one as well as far exceeding the profits made by The Hurt Locker. If that doesn't hurt then I don't know what will.

    And no Avatar is not anti-American military as there is no mention of any American military connection what-so-ever. But the ultra-capitilist would have you think otherwise just because the terms marine and SecOps are used which relates to a corporation taking the best the military has to offer and placing them into a situation that the normal miltiary would not be able to handle. Anyway the regular military is back on Earth fighting over what resources are left because why, you got it, some ultra-capitilist wanted it all for himself and set the world a-fire, which is the true story behind Avatar.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. People

    Avatar is the movie of the new age. It spoke out for disadvantage group people (races). it is simple story, but has politic meaning to all the countries, all cultures. It is also perfect artistically. James Carmeron didn't win the Oscar, but is winning people's heart all over the world.

    I think this year the Oscar rating was up 14% because of the "Avatar". Our family never watched the Oscars, but this year my 7 year old son was watching and waiting for wining of "Avatar".

    We are going to boycott furture Oscars, because it becomes a political trash.

    March 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. srfireside

    I'm a super huge science fiction fan, but if you ask me Avatar wouldn't have deserved the award for best picture. It's a great film and it deserves the success it has. I will even say I'm glad it was nominated for best picture. However in counting among the best films out there in the overall spectrum of dramatic visual presentations it's simply not the best. I have no opinion on Hurt Locker. Never saw it.

    Now the sci-fi movie I think should have been nominated and won best picture (as if sci-fi movies ever really have an honest chance of wining) it would be Moon. That movie does indeed satisfy all the requirements for a Best Picture Oscar. Like I said before Avatar is a great, great movie. It's just not best of the best on all of filmdom.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Michael

    Actually, I think "Up" was better than both "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker".

    March 10, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  17. Nina

    Loved Neil Patrick Harris! Alec and Steve.... Laughed out Loud at how funny they were. AWESOME!

    March 10, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  18. Everett

    Avatar was robbed plain and simple. Next year Fox should show Avatar at 8:00 PM, the same time slot as the Academy awards. Who do you think would have the most viewers? My money's on Avatar!! LOL's
    Hurt locker's win was simply politics, and lets not forget all the cheating done by the producer to get those criticle votes.
    James Cameron is a genius, plain and simple. Avatar was definitely the better film and it was robbed, robbed and robbed.

    Mr Cameron, just keep doing what you do best, making great films. The people around the world appreciate it.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  19. okied

    If Cameron makes so much money, why isn't he feeding his wife?

    March 10, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  20. Lightwins

    Avatar should have won. It was far superior to Hurt Locker. What politics were involved in that? Did it lose because of the anti-war theme, I wonder? Also, Sandra Bullock just plays herself in all her movies. She did not deserve to win over Meryl Streep.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  21. Traci


    you dont think thats Sarah Jessica Parker do you?

    March 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  22. danceswithsmurfs

    I thought he was surprised because it was a terrible flick. Shiny flowers don't make up for a re-recycled plot and contradicting fiction.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Riley

    The worst opening to the Awards Ive seen in many years and very little humor from Martin and Baldwin

    March 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  24. 5t1v

    James Cameron deserves all the success he get, he's one of the true geniuses walking the face of the planet.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Alice Gollan

    Is it me?
    Or was the opening with Neil Patrick Harris so awful that it was just uncomfortable to watch? (I think he sang in one key and the song alas was in a different one.) And are Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin so unfunny that it makes my teeth hurt?

    March 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  26. fran

    thats true love

    March 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  27. slip34

    No he was not.

    March 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jack

    Sarah Jessica Parker is beginning to look like she belongs in the crypt scene in the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland! Uggggly!

    March 7, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |

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