Ava DuVernay Makes History With Golden Globe Nomination

Ava DuVernay Makes History With Golden Globe Nomination


The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony is vastly approaching, but can we take a moment to recognise the history that filmmaker Ava DuVernay made following the release of last months nominee announcements.

DuVernay’s recent nomination for Best Director in the Motion Picture category, places her in the history books with other black leaders. DuVernay has earned the title as the first black woman director, to receive a nomination in this category.

The crazy part is that before Steve McQueen’s Best Director nomination for 12 Years a Slave, there hadn’t been a nomination for any black filmmakers (male/female) in this category since Spike Lee, who had been nominated in 1990 for Do The Right Thing. My mind calculates a very questionable 24 years! (That’s another post in itself).

On a lighter note, DuVernay has earned a lot of positive recognition for her work on Selma. Portraying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leading protests march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. In addition to positive recognition it looks as though Britain’s own David Oyelowo may be on his way to accompanying Hollywood A-listers with an Oscar nom for his performance in Selma.

Other Golden Globe nominees announced:
• Young Quvenzhane Wallis for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy / Musical.

• Don Cheadle for his performance in House of Lies

• Uza Aduba for her performance in Orange is the New Black.

• Viola Davis for Best Actress in a TV series / Drama category. Scandal actress Kerry Washington, known to be one of award season’s darlings is usually nominated in this category but unfortunately was nowhere to be seen. Allegedly, there’s only room for one to be celebrated, so with the arrival of How To Get Away with Murder, looks like Viola is next up.

-Roxanne McKenzie


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