James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow in 2010. (Michael Buckner/WireImage)
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted Sunday night's 70th annual Golden Globes Awards ceremony with wit, class, and absolute hilarity. And though they were quite tame in comparison to the biting insults from last year's three-time Globes host Ricky Gervais, that doesn't mean they didn't sting a few of Hollywood's A-listers. For instance, they sent the glamourous crowd's jaws to the floor with one line to "Zero Dark Thirty" director, Kathryn Bigelow.
"I haven't really been following the controversy around 'Zero Dark Thirty,'" Poehler deadpanned to the audience while acknowledging Bigelow's nomination for best director. "But when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron."
The jab sent the audience into hysterics, and "Zero Dark Thirty" star Jessica Chastain into a shocked silence. Since Kapuskasing, Ont.-born Cameron, 58, wasn't in attendance, nobody knows how he took the remark. Bigelow, 61, for one, laughed it off.
Bigelow and Cameron, both big-time Hollywood directors, were married from 1989 to 1991. But their former union wasn't made common knowledge until the 2009 Academy Awards, which saw Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" win the golden statues for best picture and best director over Cameron's "Avatar." Rather than feuding, the former spouses were very supportive of each other.
"She sees my films when I'm writing them and cutting them and vice versa," Cameron told Us Weekly. "She saw 'Avatar' five times at different stages and gave notes. So we're actually helping each other!"
"I think he's an extraordinary filmmaker," Bigelow said about Cameron after she won her Oscar for best director, becoming the first woman to do so.
They've even collaborated on film projects like 1995's thriller "Strange Days," which Bigelow directed and Cameron co-wrote and produced. In fact, the amicable divorce story between Bigelow and Cameron is one that's quite rare in Hollywood.
Nevertheless, Poehler's joke wasn't unwarranted. Bigelow was Cameron's third wife out of five in total since 1978, including unions with producer Gale Anne Hurd, former actress and current spouse Suzy Amis, and former "Terminator" star Linda Hamilton.
Hamilton, 56, reportedly began dating Cameron in 1991, the same year he divorced Bigelow. She recently divulged the juicy details of their marriage and breakup to the U.K. newspaper the Sun, citing his devotion to his films and an affair with Amis while filming "Titanic" as the final blows to their relationship.
"It's interesting because while he was making 'Titanic,' Suzy at that time was the gargoyle on the end of my bed, waiting to swoop in. Now I'm the gargoyle on her bed because for Jim, the one who doesn't end up with him is always the one he wants. I'm the one who got away, and she has to live with that," Hamilton also told the Daily Mail.
Cameron's professional behaviours are even more infamous. Author Orson Scott Card described working with Cameron on adapting "The Abyss" as "hell on wheels ... Unless he changes his way of working with people, I hope he never directs anything of mine." An article in the Independent reports that on the set of "True Lies" with Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cameron reportedly told the cast and crew they would be fired if they took a bathroom break. And "Titanic" star Kate Winslet has said she would need a big paycheque to work with Cameron again, saying, "He has a temper like you wouldn't believe" and that she "looked like a battered wife" by the end of shooting.
That doesn't leave much hope for what it's like to actually be the romantic partner of such an intimidating artist. Bigelow, Poehler, and Fey may be laughing now -- but here's hoping Cameron is getting in a few laughs, as well!