Regardless of whether she and the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic collect honors, DuVernay made history as the first African-American woman to be nominated for best director in the 72 years of the Globes. If she wins, she would be the first black man or woman to win a best movie director Golden Globe.
“I don’t believe I am the first one who has made something worthy,” DuVernay told Reuters. “That is where the bittersweet moment comes in. It is sweet for me in this moment and my mother is very happy, but certainly I know I stand on the shoulders of a lot of amazing women.”
“Selma,” which focuses on the civil rights leader’s role in the seminal 1965 marches in Alabama for black voters’ rights, was percolating for years and several directors had come and gone.
DuVernay, 42, got the call from the actor signed to play King, David Oyelowo, who was in her previous movie.