Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director. She won for The Hurt Locker(2009). She beat her ex-husband, James Cameron, who was nominated for Avatar.
Elia Kazan won best director for the movie On the Waterfront.
Sidney Poitier was the first black man to win a competitive Academy Award. He received the 1963 Best Actor Oscar for his performance in "Lilies of the Field."
The first, and only, Canadian to win the Masters was southpaw Mike Weir in 2003. Interestingly, Mike is right handed, he just plays golf left handed
Julia Phillips for The Sting (1973).
Kathryn Bigelow won the 2009 Best Director Academy Award for her work on "The Hurt Locker." She also won an Oscar as a producer of the film, which was named Best Picture. Bigelow was the fourth woman nominated for Best Director, after Lina Wertmuller for "Seven Beauties" (1975), Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993) and Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" (2003).
It was David Lean, who won the 1957 Best Director award for "The Bridge on the River Kwai." He won the Oscar again for "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962). The first director from the United Kingdom to win the award was Frank Lloyd (for 1933's "Cavalcade"), a native of Scotland.
Yes, he did. It was his first of three Best Director Academy Awards.
No, he did not win.
Kathryn Bigelow won the award and also made Oscar history because she was the first lady to win in this category
Contrary to popular belief, Nobel Prize winner Al Gore did not win an Oscar. He did go on stage when An Inconvenient Truth won the Oscar for Best Documentary. But the prize goes to the director of the movie. Gore was not the director of the movie.
Orson Welles for "Citizen Kane."
Kathryn Bigelow has so far become the only woman to win the Best Director Oscar for her work on the 2009 film "The Hurt Locker." Sofia Coppola was nominated for Best Director for the 2003 movie, "Lost in Translation." Italian director Lina Wertmüller was nominated for Best Director in 1976 for "Seven Beauties." New Zealand's Jane Campion was nominated for Best Director for "The Piano" in 1993 (she won an Oscar that same year for Best Original Screenplay).
West Side Story (1961).
No, but he was nominated for Best Director and Best Picture.
Four.1953 Won Oscar Best Director for: The Quiet Man (1952)1942 Won Oscar Best Director for: How Green Was My Valley (1941)1941 Won Oscar Best Director for: The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 1940 Nominated Oscar Best Director for: Stagecoach (1939)1936 Won Oscar Best Director for: The Informer (1935)