DuVernay makes history

Major congratulations are in order for lauded Hollywood director Ava DuVernay.

According to Motto by TIME, the Selma director will “be the first African-American woman to head a live-action feature film with a budget over $100 million with her forthcoming A Wrinkle in Time.” Motto says that DuVernay’s Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated Selma was produced with a budget of $20 million.

DuVernay shares this achievement with two other women, reports Motto: “Kathryn Bigelow, who was the first to direct a film with such a budget in her 2002 K-19: The Widowmaker, and Patty Jenkins with Wonder Woman, which comes out next year, reports Women and Hollywood.”

As if this recent accomplishment isn’t enough, DuVernay’s new OWN series, Queen Sugar, has also been renewed for a second season ahead of its Sept. 6 premiere, reports CNN. OWN President Erik Logan said the network instantly knew they wanted another season of the show the second they saw DuVernay’s work.

“When we saw the first cut from Ava we knew right away that we wanted a second season,” Logan said in a statement, according to CNN. “We think viewers are going to connect with the deeply layered characters and powerful story and are excited to be able to share with them Ava’s director’s cut on premiere night without interruption. We are proud to be a network that supports a filmmaker’s creative vision.”

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