I was excited when they announced Kathyrn Bigelow’s new film project about the 1967 riots in Detroit. She did an amazing job with “The Hurt Locker” and is the only woman to ever win an Academy Award for Best Director, so I’m always looking forward to what she does next.
But I looked back at all the women who have been nominated for Best Director and there have only been four in it’s entire history. I could name three of the four from memory.
Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” (2009).
Sofia Coppla for “Lost in Translation” (2003).
Jane Campion for “The Piano” (1993).
The fourth and also the first woman to ever be nominated for Best Director was Lina Wertmuller for “Seven Beauties” (1976). I could not find this film on Netflix or iTunes, but luckily somebody posted the entire film (dubbed in English) on YouTube!