Ava DuVernay

  • Celebrity
  • Birth Place: Long Beach, California, United States
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • Worked as a marketer and publicist for 14 years, prior to becoming a filmmaker.
  • Made her directorial debut with the 2008 hip hop documentary, This Is the Life.
  • Is the founder of ARRAY, a distribution collective dedicated to the promotion of films by people of color and women filmmakers.
  • Was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her work in Selma.
  • In 2015, Mattel created a Barbie Doll in her likeness, which sold out in 16 minutes.

Awards

  • 2016, Oscar — Best Documentary Feature: Nominee
  • 2017, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Documentary: Nominee
  • 2012, Sundance Film Festival — U.S. Directing Award: Dramatic: Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2013, Independent Spirit Awards — John Cassavetes Award: Winner
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2017, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Documentary: Winner
  • 2015, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee

Relationships

  • Darlene Maye — Mother
  • Murray Maye — Father

College

  • University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States (BA in African-American Studies and English, 1995)

Details

  • Birth Place: Long Beach, California, United States
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter

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