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 and, as of 2020, only 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. She also became the first woman to win the Saturn Award for Best director in 1995 for Strange Days.
Bigelow was included on the 2010 Time 100 list of most influential people of the year.