Kathryn Bigelow is well-known for her accomplishments with The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, Point Break and much more. By far her most successful film was The Hurt Locker simply because not only did she win two academy awards, Best Picture as well as Best Director, she also won numerous other awards for Best Director by other organizations that recognize filming talents.

Jennifer Lee also won an academy award for Best Animated Feature Film for her highly successful film, Frozen in 2013.

However since more women tend to produce or write rather than direct many more women have been nominated and have won Best Screenwriter, Best Actress, and the list goes on. As time has evolved more women are stepping into directing but not nearly at the same pace as men are today.