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In the history of the Academy Awards, 84 Oscars have been awarded for Best Director. In that time four women have been nominated for this honour… and only one has won – Kathryn Bigelow. A true pioneer and with a flair for action that had previously been the domain of male directors, Bigelow is undoubtedly leading the way for female filmmakers everywhere.

Though a distinct minority, female directors have been working away in Hollywood for a long time, and have made a major impact on the film industry, especially in recent years – and Bigelow’s achievement is a boost for all of them. In honour of Kathryn Bigelow’s most recent film Zero Dark Thirty, we take a look at the Top 5 most celebrated female directors in Hollywood today.

5) Sofia Coppola

The daughter of the esteemed director Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola surprised many with her dark, dreamlike 2000 debut The Virgin Suicides, »

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