While history has a tendency to show the apparent lack of women and people of color in Hollywood and recognized by Hollywood in the form of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and wins as well as mainstream press coverage, few individuals are finding ways to beat the odds and still receive the acknowledgement they deserve.
Ava DuVernay, director of the critically acclaimed and star-powered film, Selma, has been nominated for “Best Director of a Feature Film”, making her only the fifth woman and first woman of color to earn this accolade. She rewrote the script and helped, along with Oprah and Brad Pitt, bring the story back to life with a $20 million budget (10x larger than the budget of her last movie which still won her best director at the Sundance Film Festival).
Judging from the movie, DuVernay did a stellar job and completely deserves the nomination (and win of course). We can’t wait to see how it unfolds at the Golden Globes on January 11.
Have you seen Selma? What did you think of the movie?