Somehow, Ava DuVernay’s Selma missed out on nominations for Best Director and Best Actor. It was, however, nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Song.
“Some black filmmakers will say, ‘I don’t want to be considered a black filmmaker, I’m a filmmaker.’ I don’t think that. I’m a black woman filmmaker. Just like A Separation is by an Iranian, male filmmaker and his film is through that lens, my films are through my lens, and I think it’s valuable and fine and worthy to be seen by everyone.”—Ava DuVernay to Emma Brown, Interview Online, October 2012
To read Ava DuVernay’s full 2012 interview, click here. You can read our Q&Andy pieces with Selma star David Oyelowo and DuVernay here and here. To read out interview with Keith Stanfield who plays Jimmie Lee Jackson, click here.