With the Oscars getting close, conversations are at an all-time high on who will take home the golden trophies. It has also been the talk for many because Ava Duvernay, who directed the major historical motion picture “Selma”, was one of the names that didn’t make the list of nominees. If the publicist turned director would have won she would have been the first black woman to win the title of Best Director.
This week, Duvernay called into Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning Show and provided a very honest interview. Of course no topic was left off record, when it came to questioning Ava about her feelings on being “snubbed” by the Oscars; some of the backlash she received from the film and how she flipped the switch, changing career directions in her 30’s. Check out a few excerpts.
On the transition from publicist to director:
Ava Duvernay: I loved movies, but I had never seen black women or anybody like me making movies where I am from. I’m from Compton. So it wasn’t in my realm of thought. And I’m much older I didn’t make my first film until I was 30, which is late for film makers. It’s always possible to change and I did in the middle. And if there is anything to be said it’s, ‘Don’t be afraid to risk and try something new.’
On not being nominated for “Director Of The Year” at the Oscars:
Ava Duvernay: Yeah I never thought it was going to happen, so I wasn’t tripping as much as everyone else was. From my experience, working out there in the industry and Hollywood for a lot of years I was a publicist before I was an director. I just know that it is like everything else in life, people choose who they know.
On believing Oscar noms are about who you know:
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