Kathryn Ann Bigelow (born November 27, 1951) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Covering a wide range of genres, her films include The Loveless (1981), with Willem Dafoe; Near Dark (1987), Blue Steel (1990), with Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, and Clancy Brown; Point Break (1991), Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey; Strange Days (1995), The Weight of Water (2000), with Elizabeth Hurley, Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn, and Sarah Polley; K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), with Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson; The Hurt Locker (2008), with Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, and Guy Pearce; Zero Dark Thirty (2012), with Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, James Gandolfini, Kyle Chandler, Stephen Dillane, Chris Pratt, Édgar Ramírez, Fares Fares, Jennifer Ehle, John Barrowman, Mark Duplass, and Frank Grillo; and Detroit (2017), John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, Ben O’Toole, Nathan Davis Jr., Peyton Alex Smith, Malcolm David Kelley, Joseph David-Jones, with John Krasinski and Anthony Mackie.
With The Hurt Locker, Bigelow became the first and, as of 2020, only woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction, and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Director. She also became the first woman to win the Saturn Award for Best Director in 1995 for Strange Days. She was included on the 2010 Time 100 list of most influential people of the year.
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