January 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm #173789
Ava DuVernay obviously has an uphill battle to wage in order to get films made in Hollywood being both a woman and a minority, and this morning didn’t make it any easier for her as she failed to solidify herself as an Oscar favorite.
What does DuVernay’s future look like? Do you think we will see her in the race again soon, or is she sadly going to struggle from here on out?
I personally found her film Middle of Nowhere to be worthy of nominations for picture, director, actress, supporting actress, editing, cinematography, score and a win for original screenplay. Selma was terrific too, but not nearly as wonderful as Middle of Nowhere. Hopefully she makes another film like that one soon.January 15, 2015 at 12:43 pm #173791
I have the world of respect for this woman. After seeing I Will Follow back in 2011 in New York, i knew she was something special. Not specifically as the powerhouse director people make her out to be today, but as a writer. She has a knack, an ability to be honest/sincere with her storytelling and characters.
Then i went and saw This Is The Life after recommendation from friends, and i knew this girl is special. Middle of Nowhere really just cemented herself as a gifted, and no nonsense screenwriter. Selma really didn’t bowl me over like it did the rest of the world. In fact, i think it was more her effort at breaking out as a serious director. The film really didn’t have the Ava “EVE” Duvernay speciality to it. Her impressive writing skills was missing from this film.
She will be fine. In fact, Selma has brought her acclaim and a public boost in the eyes of movie goers and the industry. I hope she continues to write these brilliant Independent stories with lots of heart. As a screenwriter, i love her.January 15, 2015 at 2:02 pm #173792
She can get funding for movies. She got Oprah and Brad Pitt and others and even before that was making small independent movies. You can blame lack of screeners, lack of good paramount campaign, too much Intersteller campaigning, or just being taken down like Norman Jewison was for The Hurricane or Katherine Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty when fact checkers get all the attention.January 15, 2015 at 2:02 pm #173793
She still got a Globe nomination and her third feature is up for Best Picture.January 15, 2015 at 2:41 pm #173794
I see the snub as fuel for a future nomination. Most likely recognition for her screenwriting. Hollywood is patriarchal and white supremacist. No one should be too surprised she was unable to secure a nomination away from a hack like Bennett Miller.January 15, 2015 at 5:10 pm #173795
Unless she suddenly decides to stop making movie she’ll probably get in sooner rather than later.January 15, 2015 at 6:13 pm #173796
She’s about to hit Hollywood by storm. I expect great things from her.January 15, 2015 at 7:43 pm #173797
I am not convinced. She is certainly capable and deserves the opportunity, but Hollywood does not have a good track record of supporting and providing opportunities for female directors, even after they have success. Directors like Debra Granik, Country Hunt, Kimberly Pierce, Sarah Polley, and others have not translated acclaimed films into follow-ups in the way that their male counterparts have.January 15, 2015 at 8:16 pm #173798
She’ll be fine. She also directed an episode of “Scandal” last season, so I’m sure she can call on Big Shonda for some work.January 16, 2015 at 8:56 am #173799
I think she should stay far away from screenwriting. That, for me, was the weakest part of Selma. She needs to concentrate on her strengths as a director and leave the playing auteur to Linklater and Godard. Also, as a Brit, I am always astounded at how American (black or white) actors get passed over for Brits (who are no more talented as actors though they may have greater gifts as mimics – thank you RADA and Central School). People keep complaining about black actors being passed over, how about complaining about American (and African-American) actors being passed over in favour of Brits? ALL Selma’s leads are Brits!
I have to say, as a woman, that it was disappointing the two (snubbed) female directors made films where actresses were nonexistent or mere appendages.
Maybe she should try making a film where women have central roles, I’m sure Hollywood’s over 40 actresses would appreciate it.January 16, 2015 at 8:59 am #173801
I am not convinced. She is certainly capable and deserves the opportunity, but Hollywood does not have a good track record of supporting and providing opportunities for female directors, even after they have success. Directors like Debra Granik, Country Hunt, Kimberly Pierce, Sarah Polley, and others have not translated acclaimed films into follow-ups in the way that their male counterparts have.
Which is odd as there are so many high-powered female producers. You would think those female producers would show more solidarity with female directors.January 16, 2015 at 9:01 am #173802
[quote=”Nessie”]I think she should stay far away from screenwriting. That, for me, was the weakest part of Selma.
Paul Webb wrote Selma.
Check out Middle of Nowhere. DuVernay is a superb screenwriter. [/quote]
Du Vernay stated in numerous interviews that she re-wrote the script Webb had written for Lee Daniels and which concentrated on the partnership of MLK and LBJ. She complained that Webb refused to give her a co-screenwriter credit.January 16, 2015 at 9:03 am #173803
It wasn’t Webb who refused to give DuVernay credit (he wouldn’t have that power), it was the WGA, which probably means DuVernay didn’t actually contribute that much. Remember the John Ridley/Steve McQueen debacle last year?January 16, 2015 at 9:17 am #173804
DuVernay pretty much rewrote Webb’s script and altered the main perspective of the narration and third act. Since both of them aren’t members of the WGA, the script couldn’t go through the usual credit arbitration process. So Webb elected to honor his original contract and take sole writing credit for “Selma.”