Ava Duvernay: The making of History

Ava DuVernay, publicist-turned-writer-director-distributor, invited into the Motion Picture Academy; directed two micro-budgeted films, ‘I Will Follow’ and ‘Middle of Nowhere,’ garnering the start of her critical acclaim.  DuVernay directed the ESPN documentary ‘Venus Vs.,”  took on her own interpretation of the history of Selma during the Civil Rights movement is now to direct the CBS Drama pilot, ‘For Justice.’

As the Oscars approach, Selma director Ava DuVernay says she’s still hurt that David Oyelowo, who portrays the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie, wasn’t nominated. During the film’s Berlin premiere, DuVernay said she knows that Oyelowo’s performance was one of the year’s best.

“I was hurt by the fact that David wasn’t nominated because I know what it took to get that performance,” DuVernay said in an interview with the Associated Press. “I don’t need anyone to tell me that it’s one of the best performances of 2014; no one needs to even say that to me because I already know.”

Selma received two Oscar nominations: one for best picture and another for original song for Common and John Legend’s “Glory.”


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