Ava DuVernay

American film director

Ava Marie DuVernay (/ˌdjvərˈn/;[1] born August 24, 1972) is an American filmmaker.

Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay in 2018
DuVernay in 2018
Ava Marie DuVernay

(1972-08-24) August 24, 1972 (age 51)
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Notable work

For her work on Selma (2014), DuVernay became the first black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and also the first black female director to have her movie nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[2][3]

In 2017, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for her movie 13th (2016).

DuVernay's 2018 Disney children's fantasy movie A Wrinkle in Time made her the first black woman to direct a live-action movie earning $100 million at U.S. box office.[4]


  1. Mekado, Murphy (January 22, 2015). "Anatomy of a Scene | 'Selma'". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  2. Ford, Rebecca (December 11, 2014). "Golden Globes: 'Selma's' Ava DuVernay Becomes First Black Woman to Receive Director Nomination". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. Suskind, Alex (December 17, 2014). "How Ava DuVernay struck a chord with Selma". The Guardian.
  4. Keegan, Rebecca (August 3, 2016). "With 'A Wrinkle In Time,' Ava DuVernay will pass a milestone". Los Angeles Times.