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Author and screenwriter says sorry for suggesting The Hurt Locker director only won Oscars because she was 'a hot woman'

The author and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis has apologised to film-maker Kathryn Bigelow for suggesting on Twitter that the director of The Hurt Locker had only won Oscars because she was "a hot woman".

Ellis, who has become well known in recent years years for his loose-lipped tweets, received a barrage of criticism from fellow users of the microblogging service after making the offending comments during a discussion about the likely winner of next year's Oscar for best film.

Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty was at the time considered an early frontrunner after picking up prizes from a succession of critics' bodies. After referencing his subject's "ok" back catalogue, Ellis wrote: "Kathryn Bigelow would be considered a mildly interesting film-maker if she was a man but since she's a very hot woman she's really overrated. »

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