The first ever women to win in the Oscars history to as the Best Director award, the first women to win a BAFTA Award for
Best Director, and the first women to win the Director’s Guild of America Award. Kathryn Ann Bigelow, born on Nov. 27th, 1951 in San Carlos California USA, the only child of the manager of a paint factory and a librarian, and the ex-wife for the famous Avatar Director James Cameron (married from August 17th 1989-1991).
As a very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At the age of 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. The young painter was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in a vault, where she painted her art and waited to be criticized by people like Richard Serra, Robert Rauschenberg and Susan Sontag. Bigelow later graduated from Ivy League’s Columbia University School of Arts in 1979. The ambitious Kathryn Bigelow career in Directing movies began in 1978. Bigelow’s first short film, The Set-Up (1978), was a 20-minute deconstruction of violence in film. The film portrays “two menfighting each other as the semioticians deconstruct the images in voice-over.”
The Oscar winner female, first full-length feature was The Loveless in 1982, about a biker movie which she co-directed with Monty Montgomery and featured Willem Dafoe in his first starring role. Next, she directed Near Dark (1987), a music video for the New Order song “Touched by the Hand of God”. Bigelow directed several other movies before her Academy Award winning blogbuster in 2008 “The Hurt Locker”.
Ms. Bigelow achievement since then grew over the years. She was a member of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2003, Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1998, was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990, received a Dallas Star award from the AFI Dallas film festival in 2009, and the American Cinematheque honored Bigelow by showing all of her films at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, June 5-7 2009.
The achievement still came in her way, from July 1st to July 13th, 2009, the Harvard Film Archive hosted a retrospective of Bigelow’s career, showing all of her films from 1982’s The Loveless (1982) to 2008’s The Hurt Locker (2008). The retrospective was titled “Take It To The Edge: The Films Of Kathryn Bigelow” and featured a Question and Answer session with Bigelow. The 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival hosted ‘A Celebration of Kathryn Bigelow’, which featured a retrospective of her work. Kathryn was also the fourth woman to be nominated for the Directing Academy Award. The other three were: Lina Wertmüller, Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola.
Kathry Bigelow in 2010 clashed in the Oscar competition with ex-husband James Cameron for the Best Director Oscar in 2010. This marked the first time that (ex-)spouses were nominated alongside each other in this category.
In her career as a Director/ Writer, Kathryn won 2 Oscars, 7 nominations including the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama for the Hurt Locker, and another 36 wins including the First Women to ever win the BAFTA AWARD on Categories of Best Director and Best Film ‘the Hurt Locker’, and the first ever female director to win Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing.