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Greta Gerwig
With this year's nomination for "Best Director" for her film Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig became the first woman to get a nomination for a debut film.

Even more astounding, only five women, including Gerwig, have been nominated for "Best Director" in the Academy Awards: Lina Wertmüller ("Seven Beauties"), Jane Campion ("The Piano"), Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation") and Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"). 

Bigelow is the only woman to win best director in the 90-year history of the Academy Awards.