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, tells the story of the Exonerated Five: five Black and Latinx teens falsely accused of rape and the decades it took for their families to clear their names in the face of a racist criminal justice system. 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 filmmakers from marginalized communities.

 
 WHEN THEY SEE US

When They See Us (2019)

Winner, Emmy, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie
(Jharrel Jerome)


Winner, Emmy, Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series/Movie/ Special
(Aisha Coley)

Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Limited Series
Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series/Movie/Dramatic Special
Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series/Movie/Dramatic Special
(Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury)

Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie (Bradford Young)

Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series or Movie (Kris Bowers)

Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie (Aunjanue Ellis)

Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie (Niecey Nash)

Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie (Marsha Stephanie Blake)

Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie (Vera Farmiga)

Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie (Asante Blackk)

Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie (John Leguizamo)

Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie (Michael K. Williams)

 
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A Wrinkle In Time (2018)

 
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13th (2016)

Winner, Peabody Award

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, Academy Award, Best Documentary


Nominated, Emmy, Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming

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


 

 
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Queen Sugar (2016-) (TV series)

 
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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.

 
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Venus vs.(2013)

 

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The Door (short) (2013)

 
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Middle of Nowhere (2012)


Winner, Film Independent Spirit Awards, John Cassavetes Award

Winner, Sundance Film Festival, Best Directing - Dramatic

 
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I Will Follow (2010)

 

 
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This Is The Life (2008)

 

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