We haven’t had much to be celebratory about these days so whenever awesome news hits – we have to give props and relish the moment.
As the Golden Globe nominations were dispersed Thursday morning, it became evident very quickly that history was being made.
Ava Duvernay, who came into prominence back in 2012 when she became the first African-American woman to secure the best director honors at the Sundance Film Festival for her second film, Middle of Nowhere has replicated her winning streak by becoming the first Black woman to earn a best director Golden Globe nomination for Selma. The film also received a best picture, drama nomination.
Her latest recognition is both formidable and gratifying when you consider that only two African-American filmmakers, Spike Lee (Do The Right Things, 1990) and Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, 2014) have garnered nods in this glorified category.
Duvernay, is proving her worth in an industry that is known to not to be ethically diverse. But undeniable talent can’t be measured or censored and her track record is a clear indication that she is astutely capable of holding her own with the best of them. She is “running” the town of Hollywood in a refreshingly revolutionary way – and the captains are paying attention.
Plan B producer Dede Gardner gave The Hollywood Reporter a snippet of what working with Duvernay on Selma was like, “This movie wouldn’t exist without her.” “She’s in every frame of the movie. Every choice – casting, music, the quiet in the film, the fret, the worry, the joy – that alchemy is hers.’
Sounds like all the hard work paid off! You can behold the finished product when Selma opens nationwide on Jan. 9.