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Ava DuVernay

  • Birthplace: Long Beach, California
  • Birthday: August 24

Winner of Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody Awards, Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor. Her directorial work includes the historical drama Selma, the documentary 13th and the Disney children’s adventure A Wrinkle in Time, which made her the highest-grossing black woman director in American box office history.

Winner of Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody Awards, Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor. Her directorial work includes the historical drama Selma, the documentary 13th and the Disney children’s adventure A Wrinkle in Time, which made her the highest-grossing black woman director in American box office history. In 2019, When They See Us garnered 16 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Director and Writer for a Limited Series nominations for DuVernay. She is currently in post-production on DMZ, a DC Comic pilot for HBO Max, as well as the fifth season of her hit series Queen Sugar. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Best Director Prize for her second independent film Middle of Nowhere, DuVernay amplifies the work of black artists, people of color and women of all kinds through her multi-platform media company and arts collective ARRAY. 

updated 6.18.20

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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

6 Nominations 2 Emmys

Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special - 2019

  • Nominee
  • Ava DuVernay, Directed by
  • When They See Us
  • Netflix
  • Participant Media, Tribeca Productions, Harpo Films, Array Filmworks

Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special - 2019

  • Nominee
  • Ava DuVernay, Teleplay by & Story by
  • When They See Us
  • "Part Four"
  • Netflix
  • Participant Media, Tribeca Productions, Harpo Films, Array Filmworks

Outstanding Limited Series - 2019

  • Nominee
  • Ava DuVernay, Executive Producer
  • When They See Us
  • Netflix
  • Participant Media, Tribeca Productions, Harpo Films, Array Filmworks

Outstanding Directing for a Nonfiction Program - 2017

  • Nominee
  • Ava DuVernay, Directed by
  • 13th
  • Netflix
  • Forward Movement, LLC and Kandoo Films

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special - 2017

  • Winner
  • Ava DuVernay, Produced by
  • 13th
  • Netflix
  • Forward Movement, LLC and Kandoo Films

Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program - 2017

  • Winner
  • Ava DuVernay, Written by
  • 13th
  • Netflix
  • Forward Movement, LLC and Kandoo Films

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