The first Woman to Win Academy Award for Best Director ever


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Who was the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director?

It may have taken director Kathryn Bigelow longer than she would have liked to win an award for Best Director but that’s because she wanted to do it the way she wanted – not the way Hollywood dictated. Kathryn had actually struggled against her feminine image when she decided that she wanted to make macho movies that were about guns, violence, and gore. And it was for that that she was not only heavily criticized, but in many cases, actually campaigned against.

One of her movies, Strange Days, features Los Angeles on the evening before the new millennium. It included all kinds of horrific scenes and Kathryn was challenged by reporters on what exactly she thought she was doing. The same was true for another one of her better-known films, Blue Steel, which to start, shows a gun, and the camera moves slowly over it, not wanting to miss any part of its gleaming, shiny exterior.

Even though these types of movies often threatened Kathryn’s career, she plunged ahead with gory and violent movies. And when she released The Hurt Locker, she probably thought that was going to be another in a long line of criticized movies. Not only is The Hurt Locker filled with guns and gore, but it also takes place during the Iraq war, which was an especially touchy subject among the American people at the time of its release.

But it was through The Hurt Locker that Kathryn finally received her vindication. On March 7, 2010, Kathryn Bigelow finally received an award for all of her hard work. But it wasn’t just any award – it was the Granddaddy of all awards a director could receive – an Academy Award! And not only was it a huge moment for Kathryn, it was also a historic one! This was because it was the first time that a woman took home the golden statue for Best Director.

Before Kathryn Bigelow, only three other woman had ever even been nominated for the award. They were Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties); Jane Campion (The Piano); and Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation.)


Kathryn Bigelow


The first Woman to Win Academy Award for Best Director ever

The first Woman to Win Academy Award for Best Director ever