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We can’t wait to hit SXSW 2015 for another year of films, speakers, fun with friends old and new, and of course, the food in Austin. If you’re going to be in town for #SXSWFilm, join us at these Sundance staff, creative advisor and alum panels, workshops, and keynotes. For more info, click the events below or visit http://schedule.sxsw.com. Note: All times listed are CST.

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"We wanted violence that really illuminated the destruction of the black body, and also destruction of the people who supported the black body. And in order to illustrate the bravery and the faith of people who did it, you have to show what the test was. You have to know what they were up against, this terrorism, and it was: state-sanctioned terrorism in Alabama." [x]

Selma | Ava DuVernay, 2014

This morning director Ava DuVernay joins the growing list of women whose films received Oscar nominations for Best Picture without receiving a nomination for Best Director themselves.

The list of women who have directed Best Picture nominees/winners:

  • Randa Haines, Children of a Lesser God, 1986
  • Barbra Streisand, The Prince of Tides, 1991
  • Valerie Faris, Little Miss Sunshine, 2007 (her co-director Jonathan Dayton received a nomination) correction: neither Faris nor her co-director were nominated that year. 
  • Loveleen Tandan, Slumdog Millionaire, 2008  (her co-director Danny Boyle won the Oscar for Best Director that year)  
  • Lone Scherfig, An Education, 2009
  • Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right, 2010
  • Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone, 2010
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty, 2013
  • Ava DuVernay, Selma, 2015

Additionally Kátia Lund, co-director of City of God, did not receive a nomination for her work on the film despite the fact that her co-director  Fernando Meirelles did.

Only 4 women have ever been nominated for best director and only 1, Kathryn Bigelow, has won. 

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Keegan-Michael Key as Richard Sherman and Jordan Peele as Marshawn Lynch discuss the Academy’s decision not to nominate Ava DuVernay (Selma) for Best Director at the 87th Academy Awards.

But how you gonna nominate Selma for Best Film but Ava DuVernay is not gonna get a Best Director nomination? Like, I don’t understand exactly how that works and I’m not a member of the Academy but it seems like things are a little backwards there!

It’s Selma that’s making my head spin. Ava DuVernay was, frankly, robbed of a Best Director nomination - a nomination that would have made history. She would have been the first black woman nominated for the award, the fourth black person and the fifth woman. And get this - she deserved it! The Bloody Sunday sequence alone makes the case for her inclusion, although I’d say the rest of the film is very well directed. Also left out from Selma is Bradford Young, who shot two of the best looking movies this year (A Most Violent Year, totally shut out, was the other). How does he not make the cut? How does David Oyelowo not get nominated for an incredible turn as Martin Luther King? And when you think about Selma being left out of the Best Screenplay race, think about this - the movie couldn’t use any of Dr. King’s actual speeches due to rights issues (Dreamworks owns the speeches, believe it or not). All of the speeches in that movie were written for the movie.
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Dick Poop Or, The Expected Ignorance Of Oscar Nominations

Even if you expected the Oscar noms to be bad, you couldn’t have expected them to be this bad.