When Kathryn Bigelow won the Best Director Oscar in 2009, who was one of the people she beat?
Kathryn Ann Bigelow (born November 27, 1951) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Covering a wide range of genres, her films include "Near Dark" (1987), "Point Break" (1991), "Strange Days" (1995), "K-19: The Widowmaker" (2002), "The Hurt Locker" (2008), "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012), and "Detroit" (2017).
With "The Hurt Locker", Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction, and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Director.
Kathryn Bigelow was married to director James Cameron from 1989 to 1991. Cameron was the director for the film "Avatar" which was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director at the 82nd awards in 2009. Cameron did not win the award as it was won by his ex-wife Bigelow.