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Kathryn Bigelow made history as she became the first woman to receive the honor – and she beats out her ex-husband James Cameron’s ‘Avatar.’

‘This is the moment of a lifetime,’ says Bigelow, who receives her statuette from Barbra Streisand, who opines, ‘The time has come.’

The film took home 5 other Oscars, including Best Picture.

Monique wins Best Supporting Actress

For 2024’s iteration of MadameNoire and HelloBeautiful’s annual series Women to Know, we knew we wanted to celebrate the people who help make the joys of film and television possible. To create art is to create magic. This year, we spotlight Hollywood Executive’s changing the face of cinema.