There is no denying that there appears to be a numerous amount of male directors that receive incredible recognition for their work. Directors such as, Qeuntin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorsese have all received awards and praise for their cinematic intelligence. Although there are many successful male movie makers, gender inequalities are slowly starting to change and more women are beginning to be recognized for their work. Jen and Sylvia Soska have recently made a splash in horror circles with their feature debut American Mary (2013), meanwhile the Academy Awards have recently taken notice of Kathryn Bigelow's contributions to the film industry. But female directors have always been around and many are even household names - despite their lack of official awards, the women in the following list can qualify as successful, by the way fans and critics appreciate their work and by their dedication to keep going, leveling the playing field great film by great film.
6 Deepa Mehta: "I like stories that tell us something about the world we live in"
5 Sarah Polley "I want my world to get bigger and not end up in a small corner"
4 Sophia Coppola: "It's annoying that now in the movies you have to clear it if you want to use a Coke bottle"
3 Amy Heckerling: "A lot of my movies were completely destroyed by the censors, who can be pretty arbitrary"
2 Catherine Hardwicke: "The fact that men and women are nominated this year in films that women have directed is good for women filmmakers generally"
1 Kathryn Bigelow: "If there's specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that"
Most people love Bigelow's movies. Her earlier works - Near Dark (1987) and Strange Days (1995) garnered plenty of attention, but in 2008 she made history when she became the first woman to win Best Director at the Oscars for the contemporary war epic The Hurt Locker. But wait, there's more. She was also the first woman awarded Best Director by the NY Film Critics Circle. In 2013, Bigelow continued her legacy winning Best Director for the second time from the NY Film Critics Circle for a similarly themed film, Zero Dark Thirty. The film dramatizes the events associated with the capture of Bin Laden and as such, has been quite controversial. Needless to say, her work always has people talking and of course, that's always considered good thing in Hollywood.
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