Ava DuVernay 

b. 1972, Long Beach, CA, USA

avaduvernay.com | @ava

Ava DuVernay is the first Black woman to direct a film nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. (Selma, 2014). Her latest release, the limited Netflix series When They See Us, recasts the infamous Central Park Jogger case, as it tells the story of five Black and Latinx teens across 25 years, from when the teens are first questioned about the incident in the spring of 1989, going through their exoneration in 2002 and ultimately the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014. DuVernay also directed the first theatrical film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time as well as the award-winning dramas and documentaries Middle of Nowhere, I Will Follow, and 13th, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. DuVernay is also the executive producer of the OWN drama series Queen Sugar, which boasts an all-women roster of directors. DuVernay also created ARRAY (formerly known as AFFRM), a film distribution company that focuses on works made by white women and people of color.


When They See Us (2019)


A Wrinkle In Time (2018)


13th (2016)

Nominated, Academy Award, Best Documentary

Winner, Emmy, Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
Winner, Emmy, Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics

Winner, Emmy, Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming
Winner, Emmy, Outstanding Motion Design for Nonfiction Programming
Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming

Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program
Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program

Winner, Peabody Award


QUEEN SUGAR (2016-) (TV series)


Selma (2014)

Winner, Academy Award, Best Original Song

Nominated, Academy Award, Best Picture

Nominated, Golden Globe, Best Motion Picture — Drama

Nominated, Golden Globe, Best Director — Motion Picture

Nominated, Golden Globe, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
(David Oyelowo) 

Note: This film marks DuVernay as the first Black woman to direct a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. She is also the first Black woman to be nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes.


Venus vs.(2013)



The Door (short) (2013)


Middle of Nowhere (2012)

Winner, Film Independent Spirit Awards, John Cassavetes Award

Winner, Sundance Film Festival, Best Directing - Dramatic


I Will Follow (2010)



This Is The Life (2008)