SheKnows: How thrilled are you to win this award nomination?
James Cameron: I'm pretty ecstatic.
Cameron's demeanor does not change.
James Cameron: This is me ecstatic. I couldn't be more thrilled the team that made the film. It took many, many artists to breathe life into the world of Pandora. I think that is what is captivating people. Of course, we have a great story and an awesome cast. It's that totality that makes us directors look good.
SheKnows: The nominations for Best Picture and Best Director on a film such as Avatar -- are there any way to not lump them together?
James Cameron: I don't really know how to tease them apart in my mind because again, it's the totality of the film. With Avatar, I think it's the whole experience of the movie is being reflected here so, I didn't design all the creatures. I didn't design all the plants, the trees and all of those things that make the movie feel so real like you have been to another planet. This is such a great thrill.
SheKnows: Although Avatar took years to bring to the screen, the film was in your head for a long time…
James Cameron: I wrote the outline in 1995, but I was thinking about the film for 25 years before that. I think it's awesome that James Horner's getting honored for the score. This is all kind of a surprise in a sense because Titanic, you might think that would be the type of film that would be a critic's darling. It's a period piece. This (Avatar) is science fiction and fantasy. And that is often trivialized as a commercial genre. That's what makes this particularly sweet. Almost in the same way that when Sigourney (Weaver) got nominated for Best Actress on Aliens back in '86. It's a genre picture and she's getting nominated back in 1986. It made it sweeter in a way.
SheKnows: Has Avatar changed Hollywood?
James Cameron: We'll have to see -- if it changes things -- it changes things. One thing Avatar could do, because of its success especially like its critical success like tonight, is give permission to other filmmakers to think of 3-D as something that is not necessarily relegated to animation for kids movies or schlock horror films
SheKnows: How does winning the Golden Globe for Best Picture, Drama play in your greatest hits?
James Cameron: This Best Picture Golden Globe, in the history of the Golden Globes, only one other science fiction film has gotten Best Picture Drama -- one -- and that's ET. You've got a genre that has always been critically treated as a second class citizen. Hopefully, this is a part of a trend of accepting science fiction as a dramatic form of cinema. Not a genre, but a form of drama.
SheKnows: When it comes to the Oscars, where is your head?
James Cameron: I'm just keeping my head down and staying out of it. Certainly, sometimes the Golden Globes are a precursor. But the Academy members are going to make up their own minds. They always do.
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