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Obviously, no woman has ever been nominated in the Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor categories. Women have never been nominated in the Best Cinematography category either.

Other noteworthy facts

  • Best Picture: Julia Philips was the first woman nominated in the Best Picture category along with Tony Bill and Michael Phillips. Their film, The Sting (1973), won Best Picture that year.
  • Best Director: no woman has ever won best director, and only four have ever been nominated: Lina Wertmüller for 1976's Seven Beauties, Jane Campion for 1993's The Piano, Sofia Coppola for 2003's Lost in Translation, and Kathryn Bigelow for 2009's The Hurt Locker.
  • Best Original Screenplay: Josephine Lovett was the first woman to be nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category for Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Lenore J. Coffee with Howard Estabrook was the first woman nominated in the category for Best Adapted Screenplay for Streeet of Chance (1930). Their screenplay was adapted from the story by Oliver H. P. Garrett
  • Best Animated Feature: technically it is the film which is nominated in this category rather than any individual; however, a studio or an individual is usually named to receive the award. It is unclear whether or not a woman has ever been named in this category.
  • Best Art Direction: Grace Gregory was the first woman nominated in the Best Art Direction category for The Country Girl (1954).
  • Best Costume Design: Irene Lentz was the first woman nominated in the Best Costume Design categor for B. F.'s Daughter (1948). This was the first year that this award was given.
  • Best Documentary Feature: technically it is the film which is nominated in this category rather than any individual; however, a studio or an individual is usually named to receive the award. It is unclear whether or not a woman has ever been named in this category.
  • Best Film Editing: Anne Bauchens was the first woman to be nominted in this category for Cleopatra (1934). This was the first year that this award was given.
  • Best Foreign Language Film: unlike the award for Best Picture, which officially goes to the winning film's producers, the Foreign Language Film Award is not given to a specific individual but is considered an award for the submitting country as a whole.
  • Best Makeup: Sarah Monzani and Michèle Burke were the fist women nominated in this category. They were nominated for Quest for Fire (1982) , the second year that this award was given. They won the award this year.
  • Best Original Score: Angela Morley was the first woman to be nominated in one of the various scoring categories that have come and gone over the years. The category at the time was actually called Best Original Score and Adaptation. She was nominated along with Nelson Riddle and Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe and Douglas Gamley. She was nominated for The Song Score for "The Little Prince" from The Great Gatsby (1974).
  • Best Original Song: Dorothy Fields was the first female songwriter to win the Best Original Song Oscar. She wrote the lyrics for the 1936 winner "The Way You Look Tonight" (music by Jerome Kern) sung by Fred Astaire in the film Swing Time. It was thirty-two years before a second woman was honoured, Marilyn Bergman, who co-wrote with husband Alan the lyrics for "Windmills of Your Mind" (music Michel Legrand) from The Thomas Crown Affair in 1968. Female winners since then: Barbra Streisand(for "Evergreen" from A Star Is Born in 1976), the first female tunesmith to be honoured, Carole Bayer Sager("Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from Arthur in 1981), Buffy Sainte-Marie ("Up Where We Belong" from An Officer and a Gentleman in 1982), Irene Cara("Flashdance... What a Feeling" from Flashdance in 1983), Carly Simon ("Let the River Run" from Working Girl in 1988), Annie Lennox ("Into the West" from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003), Fran Walsh ("Into the West" from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003), Melissa Etheridge ("I Need to Wake Up" from An Inconvenient Truth in 2006). Markéta Irglová ("Falling Slowly" from Once) in 2007. In 1988, Carly Simon became the first woman working alone to win this award. She was joined by Melissa Etheridge who won in 2006.
  • Best Animated Short Film: Faith Elliott Hubley was the first woman to be nominated in this category in 1959 for Moonbird. She shared the nomination (and the award) with her husband John Hubley.
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