Born in 1950, Akureyri, Iceland. Started her career as a photographer for weekly magazines and newspapers. She also wrote short stories, tales for children, radio plays and TV programs, supplementing her meager earnings with stints as a fish factory worker, waitress, teacher and fishing boat cook.
After building an award-winning resume as editor of international films including Festen, Julien Donkey Boy, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Mongol, Óskarsdóttir helmed her first feature, dysfunctional family comedy Country Wedding, in 2008. (Karlovy Vary Film Festival)