Monday, March 8, 2010

Kathryn Bigelow wins the Oscar for Best Director

What better way to mark International Women's Day than to celebrate the work of movie director Kathryn Bigelow, who yesterday became the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director?

Bigelow was born in San Carlos, a rural suburb of San Francisco, on November 27, 1951. At an early age she loved horses and art, and initially studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute. She moved to New York City in approximately 1972 on a scholarship to the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum, and stayed in New York for the next 12 years. She crossed over into film-making when the artist Vito Acconci hired her to film a short piece to accompany a performance piece. Bigelow then won a scholarship to Columbia University's Graduate Film School, where she saw Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch and Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, as a double feature. She describes these movies as "a turning point in my film consciousness," and indeed, she describes herself as being interested in "high-impact, high-velocity movie-making."

Her movies include The Loveless (1982), Near Dark (1987), Blue Steel (1990), Point Break (1991), Strange Days (1995), and, of course, the 2010 Oscar winner for Best Picture, The Hurt Locker (2008).

This profile of Kathryn Bigelow comes from Biography Reference Bank, and the photos (and more like them) can be found on Cinema Image Gallery.

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