Kathryn Bigelow has become the first woman in the 82-year history of the Academy Awards to receive the coveted ‘Best Director’ award for her war film ‘The Hurt Locker’ at last night’s Oscars ceremony, notably on what was ‘International Women’s Day.’
Bigelow, 52, was the only woman director in her category, but still went on to win the Oscar, beating ex-husband, James Cameron, whose $230 million fantasy ‘Avatar’ was also a contender for the ‘Best Director’ gong.
Accepting her award, Bigelow commented that it was “the moment of a lifetime” and went on to dedicate her award to “the people who risk their lives on a daily basis in Iraq and Afghanistan”, commenting that she hoped they would “come home safe”.
After receiving another award for her low-budget film on bomb disposal in Iraq,- ‘Best Film’ – Bigelow commented “I suppose I like to think of myself as a film-maker, rather than a female film-maker”.
The Hurt Locker went on to win another four awards, making her one of the most successful women directors in history. Previous films of the Oscar-winning director include ‘Point Break’, ‘K-19: The Widow Maker’ and ‘Strange Days’.