Ava DuVernay Is the First Black Woman Nominated for Best Director Golden Globe

Ava DuVernay Is the First Black Woman Nominated for Best Director Golden Globe
Director Ava DuVernay attends the ‘Selma’ first look during the AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi at the Egyptian Theatre on November 11, 2014 in Hollywood.

There is a lot of news to parse in this year’s Golden Globe nominations. The fact that four of the five nominated comedies are created by women. The fact that Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken was left out. The fact that not a single woman was nominated for best score. The fact that not one of the films nominated for best drama or musical/comedy is about women.

Folks in the business try to dismiss the Golden Globes as non-indicators of the Academy Award nominations, but I have always loved the these awards because we get to see TV and film stars in one place and cutting it loose, at least a bit.

But there is some seriously good news on the women’s front in one big way: the nomination of Ava DuVernay for best director of a feature film. She is the first woman of color and only the fifth woman ever to be nominated for this award.

The best director award has been given since 1943, and yet, only five women have been able to break through. Only one has won. The first woman to be nominated and the first to win was Barbra Streisand for the criminally under-appreciated Yentl (which was just released on Blu-ray). She was also nominated in 1991 for The Prince of Tides. Kathryn Bigelow has also been nominated twice, in 2009 for The Hurt Locker  and in 2012 for Zero Dark Thirty. She did not win either time. (Bigelow did become the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director in 2009 for The Hurt Locker.) Other female nominees include Jane Campion in 1993 for The Piano and Sofia Coppola in 2003 forLost in Translation.

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Source: Forbes | Melissa Silverstein

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