The Best Director Oscar was awarded for the first time at the inaugural Oscars in 1929. Since that time,
only five women have been nominated for Best Director, with just one win. The first woman wasn’t
nominated for Best Director until almost fifty years after the Academy Awards began – in 1977. That
was Lina Wertmuller. The first woman to win the Best Director Oscar was Kathryn Bigelow in
2010. Let’s learn more about these five amazing directors.