“[David Oyelowo] said, ‘You have to watch my friend Ava’s film.’ I did and immediately Googled her. I remember I liked her glasses and her countenance. There was an energy about her that came right off the page. I knew immediately we were going to be friends.”
-Oprah Winfrey, Hollywood Reporter
The Oscars are around the corner, Sunday Feb. 22 to be exact, and there are some crowd favorites. ‘Selma’ is a Best Picture nominee. The film’s director Ava DuVernay, even though she is not a Best Director nominee, is the talk of the town. Oprah Winfrey, for one, has been a DuVernay supporter since she first learned of her work.
DuVernay tells Hollywood Reporter that she “was weird and awkward” around Winfrey for a year. Needless to say the high esteem was mutual.
DuVernay is the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award.