First best female director
For her suspenseful film about the Iraq war, "The Hurt Locker," Kathryn Bigelow made history by becoming the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director. James Cameron, who was nominated for the same award for his 3-D epic "Avatar," was defeated by Kathryn. She is only the fourth woman to ever receive a nomination; the others are Lina Wertmüller for "Pasqualino Settebellezze," Lina Wertmüller for "The Piano," and Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" (2004). (1977).