Kathryn Bigelow: The Front Runner

Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker, is poised to make Oscar history. It's just one more stop on a career-long wild ride

Amanda Marsalis for TIME

Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker

There are two excellent reasons to watch the Academy Awards on March 7 through to the bitter end: 1) Kathryn Bigelow, 58, may be the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director, and 2) if she does, she'll beat out her ex-husband James Cameron. These are possibilities that never crossed her mind when she was shooting her Iraq-war movie The Hurt Locker in Jordan in 2007, perspiring in the 115°F heat, her face covered in dirt.

Just shy of 6 ft. tall, exuding self-assurance and intelligence, Bigelow is both...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!