Os­car-nom­i­nated di­rec­tor Lee Daniels says he and com­peti­tors are ‘friends for life’

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY VIC­TO­RIA AHEARN

1992 for Boys N the Hood.

Daniels is up against Cana­di­ans James Cameron for Avatar and Ja­son Reit­man for Up in the Air, as well as Quentin Tarantino for In­glou­ri­ous Bas­terds and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker.

“ Ja­son’s tex­ting me ... I love Kathryn (Bigelow), and I love Quentin (Tarantino) ... we’ve be­come very good friends,” said Daniels, 50, who lives in New York.

“ James Cameron is talk­ing about putting us all to­gether to help us in read­ing scripts as op­posed to get­ting script notes from stu­dio ex­ec­u­tives.

“ There’s a level of trust amongst the direc­tors here.”

Daniels said when he’s been at a few panel dis­cus­sions with Cameron lately, he’s found him­self act­ing like a crazed fan.

“ When James Cameron’s in the room and we’re do­ing pan­els, I’ll stop and stare at him as he’s talk­ing and they’ll go, ’Mr. Daniels,’ and I don’t an­swer very quickly be­cause I’m still in thought with him and it’s very em­bar­rass­ing.

“I didn’t go to film school and I’m learn­ing so much from th­ese peo­ple.”

The Os­cars will be held March 7.

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