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Lifetime network movies have never promised quality — or even competent — filmmaking, and that's fine. Who cares? They're usually incredibly entertaining. (Do yourself a favor and watch "Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life" starring Jeremy Sumpter aka J.D. McCoy from "Friday Night Lights." It's about addiction to internet porn, and it's amazing.) But the latest effort from the channel for your mom has some actual talent behind it.

"The Anne Nicole Story" may look like your typical Lifetime fare, but this doomed celebrity biopic is helmed by Mary Harron, who directed Christian Bale in his career-best performance in "American Psycho."

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Kathryn BigelowKathryn Bigelow made history when she won the Academy Award for Best Director for "The Hurt Locker," as until that moment, not a single female filmmaker had ever received an Oscar in that category. While Bigelow absolutely deserves the Oscar, it's hard not to scratch your head and wonder — what took so long?

There is no shortage of incredibly talented female directors working both in and outside of Hollywood, so the fact that it took 82 Academy Award ceremonies for a woman to win Best Director is more than a little bit puzzling.

After the jump, we've listed five female filmmakers that absolutely deserved an Oscar for their work. Read More...

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