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MoMA held its third annual film benefit Wednesday night, this year honoring “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow. The atmosphere was not nearly as outrageous as last year’s event celebrating Tim Burton, but Bigelow and Jodie Foster, who introduced a series of Bigelow’s clips, are a different kind of director.

That being said, the five-foot-four Foster was swallowed by a yelling mob of paparazzi upon her arrival.

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Once she made it inside —joining Rupert and Wendi Murdoch, Anthony Mackie, Ed Norton, Marina Abramovic, Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch and Joanne de Guardiola — Foster praised Bigelow’s ability to “illuminate and master male power” and address “questions about how men connect” through her films. “These questions may change,” Foster continued, “as she may make a film about women someday.”

Bigelow was at home in the museum, having started her career as a painter, but the Oscar winner was overwhelmed by the adoration. “I can’t believe the microphone isn’t picking up my heartbeat,” she said.

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