Woman Crush Wednesday: Ava DuVernay

As the countdown to the Oscars begin one women who’ll be hoping to book another place in the history books is our Woman Crush Wednesday Ava DuVernay. DuVernay is the first black woman to receive an Oscar nomination for ‘Best Documentary Feature’ which she received for her thought-provoking Netflix documentary 13TH. After scooping a BAFTA for ‘Best Documentary’ over the weekend the director is hoping to emulate her success at this month’s Oscars’ ceremony.  Prior to this DuVernay’s biggest project was Selma, the Martin Luther King Jr biopic featuring David Oyelowo, Tim Roth, Cuba Gooding Jr.  and Oprah Winfrey…



Least likely to…sacrifice her art for a quick buck. The director, who has made huge headway in the last five years was in talks to direct the upcoming Marvel project Black Panther. However she turned down the gig due to artistic differences. Speaking to Essence magazine she revealed,  “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things…”


Impress her with…U2. She told Glamour magazine, “I’m a huge U2 fan. I’ve been to 26 U2 concerts over my lifetime so far.”



Mention…Sundance Film Festival. Back in 2012 DuVernay became the first African-American women to win the Best Director Prize for her second film Middle of Nowhere.



And another thing…Barbie manufacturer Mattell created a limited-edition Ava DuVernay Barbie after the director was honoured as one of six “Sheroes”.  Tellingly the doll sold out within minutes…

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