Ava DuVernay is an inspiration. Awards and accolades have followed DuVernay throughout her career. She has paved the way for other black female directors to realize their visions in film and entertainment and succeed. In 2012, she became the first black female to win the directing award at the Sundance Film Festival. The film she won the award for was only her second feature film, titled Middle of Nowhere.
Just two years later, in 2014, DuVernay became the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Then for the Oscars, she became the first black female director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Both award nominations were for her film, Selma. For her TV work, In 2017, DuVernay brought home two Emmys, one for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special and another for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming.
DuVernay is not only a film and TV director, producer, and screen writer, but she is also a marketer and distributor. This means that she is involved in all facets of film and TV making. DuVernay is the whole package and continues to deliver on that declaration, ending 2018 with incredible highs!
DuVernay capped off the year with her own version of a post in review. She highlighted her top 10 “professional highlights that are shareable,” plus her favorite family photo from the year. Make sure to scroll through all 10 photos.
DuVernay captioned the post as follows,
What a year. I chose ten professional highlights that are shareable. Plus my favorite picture this year of my family. But, the real treasures are the beautiful moments, brimming with meaning, that can’t be captured. The time with family, friends and comrades. The smiles that rise when you are content. The hugs and touches that comfort. The expressions of appreciation for our work. The tears that heal us. The dreams that fuel us. The love that makes it all mean something. Thank you, 2018, for all you taught me. I learned a lot, laughed a lot, loved a lot. And I’m grateful. xo