Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

Date of Birth

Birthday: August 24
Birthplace: Long Beach, California

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

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
2019 Directors Nominee Reception
Ava DuVernay at the 71st Emmys Governors Ball.
Ava DuVernay on the red carpet at the 71st Emmy Awards.
2019 Writers Nominee Reception
Chris Sullivan and Susan Kelechi Watson present an award to Ava DuVernay at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
Common, Robert Glasper and Ava DuVernay at the 2017 Creative Arts Ball.
The 13th team at the 2017 Creative Arts Ball.
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2019 Directors Nominee Reception
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Ava DuVernay and Television Academy Governors Michael Spiller and Mark Cendrowski at the 2019 Directors Nominee Reception on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California.

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Ava DuVernay at the 71st Emmys Governors Ball.
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Ava DuVernay at the 71st Emmys Governors Ball. 

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Ava DuVernay on the red carpet at the 71st Emmy Awards.
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Ava DuVernay on the red carpet at the 71st Emmy Awards. 

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2019 Writers Nominee Reception
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Television Academy Governor Regina Hicks, Ava DuVernay, and Television Academy Governor Judalina Neira at the 2019 Writers Nominee Reception on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, California.

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Chris Sullivan and Susan Kelechi Watson present an award to Ava DuVernay at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Chris Sullivan and Susan Kelechi Watson present an award to Ava DuVernay at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Common, Robert Glasper and Ava DuVernay at the 2017 Creative Arts Ball.
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Common, Robert Glasper, Ava DuVernay and Rickey Minor at the 2017 Creative Arts Ball.

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The 13th team at the 2017 Creative Arts Ball.
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The 13th team at the 2017 Creative Arts Ball.

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