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Let’s check out top 10 most successful female directors in Hollywood:
10. Sam Taylor-Johnson
With the revenue of $500 million from its release, 50 Shades of Grey got the record of the third highest grossing movie ever made by a female film maker while the first and second positions are for Kung Fu Panda 2 and Mamma Mia. 50 Shades of grey is the second film directed by this British who was born in 1967.
Before becoming a director, Sam Taylor was a talented student in English. Her life style was rated as a person who dare to live and to love.
Ava DuVernay may be the most talked about woman in Hollywood right now. With “Selma (20140” She is the first “black” female director to be snubbed in the Oscar nominations. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay won the Best Director Prize for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere. DuVernay spoke about making do with limited money, a task she knew all too well with only $200,000 to make “Middle of Nowhere.” Even when filming “Selma” with a budget of $20 million, DuVernay had to do the same thing.
8. Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Jennifer Yuh Nelson, also known as Jennifer Yuh (born May 7, 1972), is a Korean-born American director and storyboard artist. She is best known for her directorial debut Kung Fu Panda 2. Yuh is the first woman to solely direct an animated feature from a major Hollywood studio, and this film also proved to be the most financially successful one for a film directed by a woman. She won an Annie Award for Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production for directing the opening for Kung Fu Panda. She was the second woman nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for her work on Kung Fu Panda 2. After the success of Kung Fu Panda 2, Yuh is now returning to direct Kung Fu Panda 3, which will be released in 2016
7. Angelina Jolie
The success of “Unbroken”- earning over $160 million worldwide and listed on “top 10 most successful movies of 2014” helps to promote Angelina Jolie to be a featured female director in Hollywood.
Scheduled for a 2015 release, Jolie’s third directorial effort, By the Sea, is a romantic drama about a marriage in crisis, based on her screenplay. She stars opposite her husband, Brad Pitt, in their first collaboration since 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Jolie is next expected to direct Africa, about Kenyan conservationist Richard Leakey’s fight against the illegal ivory trade.
6. Kathryn Bigelow
With The Hurt Locker, Bigelow became the first 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. In April 2010, Bigelow was named to the Time 100 list of most influential people of the year.
5. Sofia Coppola
Being the daughter of the director, producer and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola, in 2003, Sofia Coppola received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the comedy-drama Lost in Translation, and became the third woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. In 2010, with the drama Somewhere, she became the first American woman (and fourth American filmmaker) to win the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.
4. Catherine Hardwicke
Do you know Twilight? Catherine Hardwicke was the director for part I of the series. With the revenue for this part to $400 million and reject to direct next coming part of Twilight, Catherine Hardwicke still became one of the most successful female director in Hollywood. Before Twilight, her first product was “Thirteen” .
3. Phyllida Lloyd
Phyllida Lloyd was born 17 June 1957 is a British director. In 2008, she was the female director who had the highest revenue when her work “Mamma Mia” got the revenue over $600 million. 3 years after the success of “Mamma Mia” Phyllida Lloyd came back with “the Iron Lady”-a biopic of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, with Meryl Streep as Thatcher which got Oscar and BAFTA Award.
2. Jane Campion
Elizabeth Jane Campion (born 30 April 1954) is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director based in Australia. Campion is the second of four women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and is also the first female filmmaker in history to receive the Palme d’Or, which she received for directing the acclaimed film The Piano (1993), for which she also won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
1. Nora Ephron
Ephron is best known for her romantic comedies and was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Writing: for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally…, and Sleepless in Seattle. She won a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally…. She sometimes wrote with her sister Delia Ephron. Her last film was Julie & Julia. She also co-authored the Drama Desk Award–winning theatrical production Love, Loss, and What I Wore. In 2013, Ephron received a posthumous Tony Award nomination for Best Play for her play Lucky Guy.
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