Ava DuVernay
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United States



Film Director

DuVernay has made a career of firsts. With “A Wrinkle in Time,” she became the first African-American woman to direct a movie with a budget of more than $100 million, and with her 2014 breakout “Selma,” she was the first African-American woman to have a movie nominated for best picture. Along with “Queen Sugar,” the OWN series she created and exec produces (with an all-female directing roster), she continues to blaze trails with a foray into superheroes as the director of DC’s “New Gods” and make waves with TV projects like Netflix’s four-episode drama “Central Park Five.” Throughout her showbiz journey, she has been an outspoken advocate of industry parity and inclusion and a high-profile player in the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.


  • 13TH


  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Directors to Watch
  • TV Producers Impact
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Ava DuVernay to Receive Directing Prize at Britannia Awards

Ava DuVernay to Receive Directing Prize at Britannia Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles has selected Ava DuVernay as the recipient of its John Schlesinger Britannia award for excellence in directing.She joins previously announced honoree Dick Van Dyke, who will receive the award for excellence in television.  The awards will be presented on Oct. 27  at the Beverly Hilton Hotel."Ava is both a fearless director and a champion of talent, who has used her platform to shed light on some of the most important...


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