#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?"


02/06/2020 12:57 PM
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  • Rhea G.
    4 days

    Cringe worthy questions but she handled it well. 👏👏👏

  • Jigme S.
    02/20/2020 11:59

    She herself is a very inspiring lady!

  • Kha T.
    02/16/2020 04:10


  • Debashish D.
    02/15/2020 12:52

    Who is she

  • Raúl E.
    02/15/2020 01:00

    Sin desmeritar su talento y logros, fue un premio otorgado por razones económicas y políticas en contra de su ex. Una película con alto contenido político que justificaba las masacres de Medio Oriente, contra otra película en un mundo irreal, que de forma subliminal, mostraba la crueldad de tales invasiones realizadas por las potencias militares.

  • Askar A.
    02/12/2020 05:22

    She looks like Michelle "woman" Obama

  • Zulfiqar A.
    02/11/2020 03:44

    Really nice

  • Gabriel U.
    02/10/2020 00:48


  • Mihaly O.
    02/10/2020 00:01


  • Colleen M.
    02/09/2020 14:06

    what pathetic reporters. including those at Brut, since you in your very own caption didn’t even state her name yet referred to her as the ex wife of James Cameron. pathetic.

  • Nadja R.
    02/08/2020 16:48


  • Toni N.
    02/06/2020 23:41

    This is how an ex wife should behave.

  • Claudia F.
    02/06/2020 21:50

    She will be a great leader for the US

  • Mike D.
    02/06/2020 21:23

    put her name in the descriptor, jeez

  • Drew C.
    02/06/2020 18:27

    She directed my favorite sci-fi film, Strange Days, and she directed the original Point Break.

  • Mel O.
    02/06/2020 18:19

    All class. Not one wrong answer and always the high road. A lesson trump needs to learn.

  • Leela B.
    02/06/2020 17:55

    I COULD feel the butterflies in her stomach congrats to u I know yr ex inspired u a lot to reach there

  • Anna D.
    02/06/2020 15:55

    He was a notorious jerk

  • Nikki J.
    02/06/2020 15:43

    Wow. Like she needed help from him to get her own Oscar. 😡

  • Wumie K.
    02/06/2020 15:25

    And you all chose not to print her name in your caption?