The Academy Awards are fast approaching (on February 24, to be exact), and all the talk about Kathryn Bigelow's Best Director snub for our favorite movie of last year, Zero Dark Thirty, has only increased. Although we don't disapprove of all the hullabaloo around the 61-year-old filmmaker, the discussion has gotten us to start thinking about all the other women behind the camera who also deserve some recognition. 

That said, here are 10 female movie directors you need to know. If not for anything else, then at least so that you can name-drop more than just Ms. Bigelow at your friend's Oscar viewing party.

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