Who was the first woman to win an Academy Award for best
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
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.)