Q: Who was the first female filmmaker to win an Oscar for best director?
A: In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director. Bigelow won for The Hurt Locker. She was the fourth woman in history to be nominated for the Best Director Award. The previous female nominees were: Sofia Coppola (for 2003’s Lost in Translation), Jane Campion (for 1993’s The Piano) and Linda Wertmuller (for Seven Beauties in 1975).