Poll: Is Kathryn Bigelow a ‘really overrated’ film director?

Author and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis has sparked a Twitter uproar by claiming director Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty“) receives overblown praise because she’s a cool, sexy woman.

He Tweeted: “Kathryn Bigelow would be considered a mildly interesting filmmaker if she was a man. But since she’s a very hot woman she’s really overrated.”

MSN film critic Glenn Kenny fired back: “@BretEastonEllis would be considered a mildly interesting writer if he was a mildly interesting writer.”

Ellis came to fame in 1985 with zietgiest novel “Less Than Zero” about a lost generation of young hipsters in Los Angeles. His last success was a book published more than 20 years ago, “American Psycho,” about a sexy serial killer portrayed on film in 2000 by Christian Bale. His next notable project seems poised for ridicule since it’s a film, “The Canyons,” starring Lindsay Lohan.

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Ellis considers himself to be a brash satirist renowned for making shocking comments. He once Tweeted that watching “Glee” was like “stepping in a puddle of HIV.”

Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” was just voted Best Picture by New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review, but it has not  yet been released to theaters. Her previous movie, “The Hurt Locker,” swept the film critics’ kudos and Academy Awards.

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