Kathryn BigelowKathryn Bigelow may want to start writing her Oscar speech.

According to Variety, the 'Hurt Locker' helmer won top honors at the Directors Guild of America awards tonight, beating out a crowded field that included Quentin Tarantino ('Inglourious Basterds') and ex-husband James Cameron ('Avatar'). By doing so, she became the first female director in history to win the award.

This makes Bigelow the unquestionable frontrunner heading into this week's Oscar nominations, which will be revealed early Tuesday morning. Since 1948, the Oscar for Best Director has been awarded to the DGA recipient in all but six years.

Currently, she's on track to become the only the fourth female nominated in that category, after Lina Wertmüller ('Seven Beauties,' 1976), Jane Campion ('The Piano, 1993) and Sofia Coppola ('Lost in Translation,' 2003).
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