Author Bret Easton Ellis, not known for especially cogent late-night tweets, says in his latest that "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow is "really overrated" because she's "a very hot woman."
Bigelow is the Oscar-winning director of "The Hurt Locker." Her new film is one of the most critically acclaimed of the year and her last one won the 2009 Best Picture Academy Award.
Ellis, whose novel "American Psycho" was skillfully adapted by Mary Harron in 2000, is currently working on the film "The Canyons" with Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen.
"'Zero Dark Thirty' might win critics awards but 'Silver Linings Playbook' will win the Best Picture Oscar. This is how it always happens..." Ellis tweeted to more than 360,000 followers early Thursday.
"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," he added, listing her films: "Strange Days, K-19 The Widowmaker, Blue Steel, The Hurt Locker. Are we talking about visionary filmmaking or just OK junk?"
Ellis recently drew mockery by posting the following 4 a.m. tweet, which many speculate was intended as a private message: "Come over at do bring coke now."
Ellis later poked fun at that mistake while knocking another of this year's top Oscar contenders: "'Come over at do bring coke now...' Christ, I should have tweeted that while sitting through Les Miserables. I might have liked it then," he tweeted Wednesday.
Ellis has also criticized many of the adaptations of his work, distancing himself from "Less Than Zero" and "The Informers," while praising "The Rules of Attraction."
His Bigelow tweets drew scorn from across Twitter.
"Can't we just agree not to indulge Bret Easton Ellis' transparent grabs for attention? For his own good! We're totes feeding his addiction!" writer Indiewire TV editor Alison Willmore.
MSN's Glenn Kenny opined: "@BretEastonEllis would be considered a mildly interesting writer if he was a mildly interesting writer."