Kathryn BigelowDirector Kathryn Bigelow has been a top contender at every major awards event in 2010 for her gripping war drama 'The Hurt Locker,' most recently winning the top prize at the Directors Guild of America awards. And though 'The Hurt Locker' lost out to 'Avatar' -- directed by Bigelow's ex-husband, James Cameron -- for best picture at the Golden Globes, both the film and Bigelow herself are considered strong Oscars candidates.

Bigelow has a following among cinephiles, but her name may not carry the same resonance as that of her awards-season competition. As Oscar nominations draw closer (Anne Hathaway is announcing them Feb. 2), here's a handy primer on the woman who could be racking up the Academy's biggest honors.
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