digital desk, Los Angeles. Three decades before Kathryn Bigelow became the first female Best Director Oscar winner, Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller made history in 1977 by becoming the first woman to win an Oscar nomination for the film Seven Beauties. Leena passed away on Thursday at the age of 93.
Reporting the death of Lina Wertmüller, a protégé of Federico Fellini, Variety quoted a friend as saying that the writer and director died at her home. His daughter was sitting next to him when he breathed his last.
Born in Rome, Lina Wertmüller was introduced by her friends to the legendary film director Federico Fellini, who became her mentor.
According to Variety, Fellini hired Lina in 1963 as an assistant director for the film 8. The same year he made his directorial debut with The Basilisk. This film won him the Best Director award at the Locarno Film Festival.
In 1972, he won an award at the Cannes Film Festival with The Seduction of Mimi. The male libido was satirized in this film. He returned the following year with Love and Anarchy. In 1975 he premiered his film Swept Away, which was reunited 27 years later with Guy Ritchie and Madonna.
Lena Wertmüller also received critical acclaim. He won several awards, including the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director, but the remake was panned by critics and the film was a box-office flop.
He had an Academy Award nomination for his film Seven Beauties, about an Italian soldier’s experiences during World War II.
Although he was John G. Avildsen, but her nomination made history and paved the way for eventual winners like Kathryn Bigelow, who won The Hurt Locker Oscar in 2010. Chloe Zhao received this award in the year 2021 for Nomadland.