Ava DuVernay has become the first best Black director at Sundance and has received both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
During this Black History Month, we would like to speak about Black people who live in contemporary world but have already made their contribution in civil right activism, culture or science.
At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Ava DuVernay became the first Black woman to receive the Best Director Award for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere. She is also the first African-American female director to receive a Golden Globe nomination and the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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She is also the first African-American female director to have won a Golden Globe nomination and the first Black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Though her first interest lied in journalism, a choice influenced by an internship with CBS News, where she was assigned to help cover the O.J. Simpson murder trial, she soon got disappointed and decided to move into public relations, eventually opening her own public relations firm, The DuVernay Agency.
Now Ava DuVernay is all-in-one: a director, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor. Her outstanding works include Selma, the 2014 historical drama based on the voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1963. Duvernay’s new TV series, Queen Sugar, debuted on OWN on September 6, 2016. Every episode of the first season is directed by a woman. The drama has been renewed for a second season.
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Additionally, Ava DuVernay will be the first African American woman to helm a live-action feature, A Wrinkle in Time, with a budget over $100 million.