Ava DuVernay Talks Oscars, Inclusion and Reimagining Winning at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

All hail the ‘Queen.’ (Photo: Jeff Kravitz, FilmMagic)

We may have missed her Essence at the Black Women in Hollywood Awards Thursday, but Ava DuVernay made it to Saturday’s Film Independent Spirit Awards just in Time.

Fresh off her return from New Zealand, where she was shooting her feverishly anticipated adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, DuVernay acknowledged this year’s inclusive slate of Oscar nominees, but said “it remains to be seen if this year is a trend or if it’s a part of a real systemic change.”

“The Academy has done a lot over the last couple of years — since 2015 — to try to create systemic changes in rules and regulations, the different ways that we’re really gonna change this as opposed to just putting it back on the studios,” said the filmmaker, who is the first woman of color to direct a live-action film with a production budget exceeding $100 million (Time) and is nominated for an Oscar for her documentary, 13th.

“I appreciate those structural changes and it remains to be seen whether the results are enough,” DuVernay added on the blue carpet. “And if they’re not, you gotta change some more.”

Still, DuVernay also acknowledged that there’s something to the idea that artists who put out specific art — “radical” art — reimagine what winning looks like.

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SOURCE: USA Today Entertain This – Jaleesa M. Jones