#TBT: Kathryn Bigelow wins Oscar for Best Director

She's the only woman to ever win best director in the Oscars' 90-year history — but the media was more interested in her ex-husband, James Cameron.

Since 1976, when the first woman was nominated for directing, just 2% of the nominees in the category have been women. Since 2000, it's up to only 3%

She is the only woman to have received the Oscar for best achievement. This year again, the selection is curiously lacking in women. Only 1% of the people nominated for best director since the first Academy Awards in the early 1920s have been women, according to Rotten Tomatoes analysis of a database of every nominee and winner in Oscars history. And the data show that the representation of women among directing nominees hasn't gotten much better in modern times.

“I would just like to see myself as someone who makes films. I can't wait for my gender to be lifted. I will always be happy if I can inspire young, fearless, tenacious directors, and if I can make them believe that the impossible is possible. Kathryn Bigelow is the first and only woman to receive the Academy Award for Best Director. It was for his film ‘Minesweepers’, in 2010.

A look back at Kathryn Bigelow's career

Kathryn Ann Bigelow is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Covering a wide range of genres, her films include Near Dark, Point Break, Strange Days, K-19: The Widowmaker, The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, and Detroit. With The Hurt Locker, Bigelow not only became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction, and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Director. She also became the first woman to win the Saturn Award for Best Director in 1995 for Strange Days.

Considered “James Cameron's ex"

At the time, however, it was her ex-husband, James Cameron, who interested some of the journalists present. Hence very sexist questions. "Winning against James Cameron, what does that mean for you? When you lived with him, when you were married, did he teach you anything about the profession of director? And if so, what did it teach you? Or did you learn something else about the film industry?"