Ava DuVernay Was The First Black Female To Be Nominated For Best Director At The Golden Globes

by Holly Trantham

Ava Duvernay might not have taken home a Globe last night, but that doesn’t mean her mere nomination isn’t a landmark. Duvernay is the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe, insane as that sounds in 2015.

Wait a minute, you may be thinking: We’ve never had a black woman win a Golden Globe for best director before?! Before this year, a black woman has never even been nominated? Sad, but true. Ava DuVernay’s nomination last night was not only well-deserved, it was also ridiculously overdue.

Selma is quite a rarity among Hollywood Civil Rights movies: It is a story from the black point of view, by a black director. We’re thrilled the film is getting such major traction and that it’s opening the eyes of a new generation: An assortment of theaters in NYC are allowing public school students to see the movie for free, hoping to inspire a new era of social justice warriors. Selma was released nationwide this past weekend—make sure to check it out before the Academy Awards, because we’re certain it’s a shoo-in for a win!

Image c/o Sundance Film Festival

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