The Oscars are today, and we can't wait to root for our favorite nominated ladies like Melissa McCarthy. But as we look forward to the women who'll shine on the 2012 Academy Awards red carpet, we also look back to the women who've paved the way. In light of the recently released study that points out a majority of the Academy voters are white men, we're even more proud of Hollywood's girl power. With their firsts for women and record-breaking stats, these memorable ladies both in front of and behind the camera have left their lasting mark on the award show's history. Let's check out who they are and what made them special.
Women Who've Owned the Oscars