Being the first woman to win an Oscar as best director and appearing in Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the year are achievements to be recognized in a woman like Kathryn Bigelow. The Hurt Locker (2008) was the film that laid the golden statuette in the hands of this American filmmaker. With a theme of war, settled in Iraq, Bigelow managed to portray the socio-political atmosphere surrounding the U.S. Navy when they are on a mission The film won six Academy awards. The film was made with a budget of only 10 milion dollars. Bigelow began her career as an art student. Later she joined the prestigious Columbia University, where she earned a graduate degree in film critical theory. Her academic studies have made her a woman of contrasts. She worked with Vito Acconci, Sylvere Lotringer and Susan Sontag. Her first feature film was titled The Loveless (1982), co-directed with Monty Montgomery and starring Willem Dafoe in her first starring role. She was married to director James Cameron from 1989 to 1991. Both were nominated in the category of ‘Best Director’ at the Oscars 82th edition, in which Bigelow received the statuette. The latter one film, titled ‘The Darkest Night’ portrays the controversial death of Bin Laden.

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