Ava DuVernay Earns Her Way Into the History Books – First Black Woman Director to Be Nominated for a Golden Globe Award

Ava DuVernay Earns Her Way Into the History Books - First Black Woman Director to Be Nominated for a Golden Globe Award

Here they are – the nominees for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, which were announced this morning from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Kate Beckinsale, Peter Krause, Paula Patton, and Jeremy Piven joined Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President Theo Kingma for the announcement.

Nominations were announced in 25 categories.

Of note, with regards to this blog’s interests, “Selma” picked up a healthy 4 nominations – Best Picture, Drama; Best Actor, Drama (David Oyelowo); Best Director (Ava DuVernay); and Best Original Song, Motion Picture (“Glory”). It’s worth noting that Golden Globe motion picture nominees historically foretell what the Oscar nominees will be; not that they are always 100% accurate, but there’s a very good chance that most of the names you see here will carry over to the announcements scheduled to be made on January 15, 2015. So, despite the SAG Awards absence (the film wasn’t completed in time to meet the submission deadline), it’s set up here nicely for some recognition at the granddaddy of all ceremonies. 

I should note that, with her nomination, Ava DuVernay makes history, becoming the first black woman director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director in the Motion Picture category. She’s on her way to doing the same, when the Oscar nominees are announced next month. Previous Golden Globe nominees of African descent in this category include Steve McQueen for “12 Years a Slave,” and Spike Lee for “Do the Right Thing.” It’s painfully incredible that between the years of 1990 to 2014 (24 looooong years), there wasn’t a single black director (male or female) nominated for Best Director in the Motion Picture category! 

Also of note, and somewhat unexpectedly, Quvenzhane Wallis picked up a nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical. The competition in that category is rough, with veterans like Julianne Moore and Helen Mirren also nominated, as well as Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. 

It looks like Viola Davis has effectively knocked Kerry Washington out of the Best Actress in a TV series, Drama category (she was also nominated for a SAG Award). I say that because, before “How to Get Away With Murder” this season, in recent years, Kerry Washington was the lone black actress nominee in this category, although she never won. Apparently, there can only be one at a time, and it’s Viola’s time it seems.

And finally, Don Cheadle picks up another Golden Globe nomination for his performance in “House of Lies,” and Uzo Aduba, who is also a SAG nominee, is now also a Golden Globe nominee, for her performance in “Orange is the New Black.”

The full list of winners follows:

  1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

  1. BOYHOOD

IFC Productions and Detour Filmproduction; IFC Films

  1. FOXCATCHER

Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Classic

  1. THE IMITATION GAME

Black Bear Pictures; The Weinstein Company

  1. SELMA

Paramount Pictures and Pathé; Paramount Pictures

  1. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Working Title Films; Focus Features

  1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
  1. JENNIFER ANISTON CAKE
  1. FELICITY JONES THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
  1. JULIANNE MOORE STILL ALICE
  1. ROSAMUND PIKE GONE GIRL
  1. REESE WITHERSPOON WILD
  1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
  1. STEVE CARELL FOXCATCHER
  1. BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH THE IMITATION GAME
  1. JAKE GYLLENHAAL NIGHTCRAWLER
  1. DAVID OYELOWO SELMA
  1. EDDIE REDMAYNE THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
  1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
  1. BIRDMAN

Regency Enterprises and M Productions and Le Grisbi Productions; Fox Searchlight Pictures

  1. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

American Empirical Picture; Fox Searchlight Pictures

  1. INTO THE WOODS

Disney; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

  1. PRIDE

Pathé Productions Limited, British Broadcasting Corporation, The British Film Institute and Calamity Films; CBS Films Inc.

  1. ST. VINCENT

Chernin Entertainment; The Weinstein Company

  1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
  1. AMY ADAMS BIG EYES
  1. EMILY BLUNT INTO THE WOODS
  1. HELEN MIRREN THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
  1. JULIANNE MOORE MAPS TO THE STARS
  1. QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS ANNIE
  1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
  1. RALPH FIENNES THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
  1. MICHAEL KEATON BIRDMAN
  1. BILL MURRAY ST. VINCENT
  1. JOAQUIN PHOENIX INHERENT VICE
  1. CHRISTOPH WALTZ BIG EYES
  1. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
  1. BIG HERO 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

  1. THE BOOK OF LIFE

Twentieth Century Fox and Reel FX Animation Studios; Twentieth Century Fox

  1. THE BOXTROLLS

Laika; Focus Features

  1. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

DreamWorks Animation LLC; Twentieth Century Fox

  1. THE LEGO MOVIE

Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / RatPac-Dune Entertainment / Lego System A/S / Vertigo Entertainment/Lin Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures

  1. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
  1. FORCE MAJEURE TURIST (SWEDEN)

Coproduction Office; Magnolia Pictures

  1. GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE (ISRAEL)

AMSALEM GETT

Arte France Cinéma; Music Box Films

  1. IDA (POLAND/DENMARK)

Phoenix film investments; Music Box Films

  1. LEVIATHAN (RUSSIA)

(Левиафан)

Non-Stop Production, Ministry of Culture of the

Russian Federation of the Cinema Funds, RuArts

Foundation; Sony Pictures Classics

  1. TANGERINES MANDARIINID (ESTONIA)

Allfilm

  1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
  1. PATRICIA ARQUETTE BOYHOOD
  1. JESSICA CHASTAIN A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
  1. KEIRA KNIGHTLEY THE IMITATION GAME
  1. EMMA STONE BIRDMAN
  1. MERYL STREEP INTO THE WOODS
  1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
  1. ROBERT DUVALL THE JUDGE
  1. ETHAN HAWKE BOYHOOD
  1. EDWARD NORTON BIRDMAN
  1. MARK RUFFALO FOXCATCHER
  1. J.K. SIMMONS WHIPLASH
  1. BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
  1. WES ANDERSON THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
  1. AVA DUVERNAY                      SELMA
  1. DAVID FINCHER            GONE GIRL
  1. ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ BIRDMAN

IÑÁRRITU

  1. RICHARD LINKLATER BOYHOOD
  1. BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
  1. WES ANDERSON THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
  1. GILLIAN FLYNN GONE GIRL
  1. ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ BIRDMAN

IÑÁRRITU,

NICOLÁS GIACOBONE,

ALEXANDER DINELARIS,

ARMANDO BO

d. RICHARD LINKLATER BOYHOOD

e.   GRAHAM MOORE THE IMITATION GAME

  1. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
  1. ALEXANDRE DESPLAT     THE IMITATION GAME
  1. JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
  1. TRENT REZNOR, GONE GIRL

ATTICUS ROSS        

  1. ANTONIO SANCHEZ BIRDMAN

                                                      

  1. HANS ZIMMER INTERSTELLAR

            

  1. BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
  1. “BIG EYES” — BIG EYES

Music by: Lana Del Rey

Lyrics by: Lana Del Rey

  1. “GLORY” — SELMA

Music by: John Legend, Common

Lyrics by: John Legend, Common

  1. “MERCY IS” — NOAH

Music by: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye

Lyrics by: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye

  1. “OPPORTUNITY” — ANNIE

Music by: Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck

Lyrics by: Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck

  1. “YELLOW FLICKER BEAT” — THE HUNGER GAMES:

Music by: Lorde MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

Lyrics by: Lorde

  1. BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
  1. THE AFFAIR SHOWTIME

SHOWTIME Presents, SHELEG, HIGLEWATER

  1. DOWNTON ABBEY PBS

A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production in association

with NBCUniversal

  1. GAME OF THRONES HBO

HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead;

Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions

  1. THE GOOD WIFE CBS

CBS Television Studios with Scott Free Productions and King

Size Productions

  1. HOUSE OF CARDS NETFLIX

Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association

with Media Rights Capital for Netflix

  1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
  1. CLAIRE DANES HOMELAND
  1. VIOLA DAVIS HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
  1. JULIANNA MARGULIES THE GOOD WIFE
  1. RUTH WILSON THE AFFAIR
  1. ROBIN WRIGHT HOUSE OF CARDS
  1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
  1. CLIVE OWEN THE KNICK
  1. LIEV SCHREIBER RAY DONOVAN
  1. KEVIN SPACEY HOUSE OF CARDS
  1. JAMES SPADER THE BLACKLIST
  1. DOMINIC WEST THE AFFAIR
  1. BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
  1. GIRLS HBO

HBO Entertainment in association with Apatow Productions and

I Am Jenni Konner Productions

  1. JANE THE VIRGIN THE CW

CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television in association

with Electus

  1. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK NETFLIX

Lionsgate Television for Netflix

  1. SILICON VALLEY HBO

HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec

Berg, Altschuler Krinsky works, and 3 Arts Entertainment

e. TRANSPARENT AMAZON

Amazon Studios INSTANT VIDEO

  1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –COMEDY OR MUSICAL
  1. LENA DUNHAM GIRLS
  1. EDIE FALCO NURSE JACKIE
  1. JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS VEEP
  1. GINA RODRIGUEZ JANE THE VIRGIN
  1. TAYLOR SCHILLING ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
  1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
  1. LOUIS C. K. LOUIE
  1. DON CHEADLE HOUSE OF LIES
  1. RICKY GERVAIS DEREK
  1. WILLIAM H. MACY SHAMELESS
  1. JEFFREY TAMBOR TRANSPARENT
  1. BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
  1. FARGO FX

FX Productions & MGM Television

  1. THE MISSING STARZ

New Pictures, Company Pictures, Two Brothers Pictures,

Playground Entertainment, BBC

  1. THE NORMAL HEART HBO

HBO Films in association with Plan B Entertainment,

Blumhouse and Ryan Murphy Productions

  1. OLIVE KITTERIDGE HBO

HBO Miniseries in association with Playtone

  1. TRUE DETECTIVE HBO

HBO Entertainment in association with Neon Black,

Anonymous Content, Parliament of Owls and Passenger

  1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
  1. MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL THE HONORABLE WOMAN
  1. JESSICA LANGE AMERICAN HORROR STORY:

FREAK SHOW

  1. FRANCES MCDORMAND OLIVE KITTERIDGE
  1. FRANCES O’CONNOR THE MISSING
  1. ALLISON TOLMAN FARGO
  1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
  1. MARTIN FREEMAN FARGO
  1. WOODY HARRELSON TRUE DETECTIVE
  1. MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY TRUE DETECTIVE
  1. MARK RUFFALO THE NORMAL HEART
  1. BILLY BOB THORNTON FARGO
  1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
  1. UZO ADUBA ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
  1. KATHY BATES AMERICAN HORROR STORY:

FREAK SHOW

  1. JOANNE FROGGATT DOWNTON ABBEY
  1. ALLISON JANNEY MOM
  1. MICHELLE MONAGHAN TRUE DETECTIVE
  1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
  1. MATT BOMER THE NORMAL HEART
  1. ALAN CUMMING THE GOOD WIFE
  1. COLIN HANKS FARGO
  1. BILL MURRAY OLIVE KITTERIDGE
  1. JON VOIGHT RAY DONOVAN
NOMINATIONS BY MOTION PICTURE DISTRIBUTOR AND TELEVISION NETWORK
MOTION PICTURE DISTRIBUTOR Nominations
FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES 12
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY 10
SONY PICTURES CLASSICS 6
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX 6
FOCUS FEATURES 5
IFC FILMS 5
PARAMOUNT PICTURES 5
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES 4
WARNER BROS. PICTURES 4
MUSIC BOX FILMS 2
SONY PICTURES RELEASING 2
A24 1
CBS FILMS INC. 1
CINELOU FILMS 1
ENTERTAINMENT ONE 1
FOCUS WORLD 1
LIONSGATE 1
MAGNOLIA PICTURES 1
OPEN ROAD FILMS 1
TOUCHSTONE PICTURES 1
 
TELEVISION NETWORK Nominations
HBO 15
SHOWTIME 9
FX 8
NETFLIX 7
CBS 4
AMAZON INSTANT VIDEO 2
PBS 2
STARZ 2
THE CW 2
ABC 1
CINEMAX 1
NBC 1
SUNDANCETV 1
NOMINATIONS BY MOTION PICTURE
AND TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM
MOTION PICTURE Nominations
BIRDMAN 7
BOYHOOD 5
THE IMITATION GAME 5
GONE GIRL 4
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL 4
SELMA 4
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING 4
BIG EYES 3
FOXCATCHER 3
INTO THE WOODS 3
ANNIE 2
ST. VINCENT 2
A MOST VOILENT YEAR 1
BIG HERO 6 1
THE BOOK OF LIFE 1
THE BOXTROLLS 1
CAKE 1
FORCE MAJEURE TURIST 1
GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM GETT 1
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 1
THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY 1
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 1
IDA 1
INHERENT VICE 1
INTERSTELLAR 1
THE JUDGE 1
THE LEGO MOVIE 1
LEVIATHAN 1
MAPS TO THE STARS 1
NIGHTCRAWLER 1
NOAH 1
PRIDE 1
STILL ALICE 1
TANGERINES MANDARIINID 1
WHIPLASH 1
WILD 1
NOMINATIONS BY MOTION PICTURE
AND TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM
TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM Nominations
FARGO 5
TRUE DETECTIVE 4
THE AFFAIR 3
THE GOOD WIFE 3
HOUSE OF CARDS 3
THE NORMAL HEART 3
OLIVE KITTERIDGE 3
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK 3
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW 2
DOWNTON ABBEY 2
GIRLS 2
JANE THE VIRGIN 2
THE MISSING 2
RAY DONOVAN 2
TRANSPARENT 2
THE BLACKLIST 1
DEREK 1
GAME OF THRONES 1
HOMELAND 1
THE HONORABLE WOMAN 1
HOUSE OF LIES 1
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER 1
THE KNICK 1
LOUIE 1
MOM 1
NURSE JACKIE 1
SHAMELESS 1
SILICON VALLEY 1
VEEP 1

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Comments

JMac

@Andrea. Shut up and take that mess over to Yahoo where someone is stupid enough to believe in your drivel. BTW, people and the press have pointed out firsts for White women all the time – but they usually say the first woman senator, first female CEO, first woman austronaut, the first female West Point cadet because white is the default and its not necessary to say "the first white woman." Anyway, congrats Ava for being the first BLACK WOMAN DIRECTOR nominated for a Golden Globe. Can’t wait to see Selma and I’m sure it’ll make lots of money due to the current civil rights climate.

delete

This is actually pretty funny. It wasn’t that long ago that Ava was complaining bitterly that nobody in the so-called indie world, including indiewire, paid any attention to her. Now it’s Ava all the time. The thing to conclude here is, if you want lots of indie press, at least from indiewire, don’t waste your time with indie films. You know, the low-budget movies which are ignored by the self-congratulation societies which make awards because they don’t have big budgets. And forget about learning technique. It’s clear now that the best thing you can do for a great directing career is start as a publicist.

Andrea

Why are we pointing out that she is "black" ? She is a woman who is doing great things in her industry. If equality is to be achieved then stop pointing out color. You don’t read about the first White woman doing this that or the other. Racism will never be erased.. Its been around since the beginning of time. If you want equality focus the person… Not that color and gender. Congratulations Ava on work done well.

Ian

"…it’s just too bad that the Golden Globes are a worthless honor." EXACTLY! By the way, can we STOP PRETENDING this wasn’t "orchestrated"? All award shows have big push campaigns and contain high levels of politics. You do your readers disservice when you play along with the "I’m so surprised" BS. Also, wasn’t it not long ago when so many folks here blasted these award ceremonies, especially the Oscars? So NOW they’re important again? What happened to the "we don’t need their validation" and "we should do our own thing" propaganda? Oops! I guess it really does matter, huh.

stp

We do have our own awards. BET and NAACP. And do these awards mean anything? They gave Quentin one for Django!

MR

Happy she was nominated – it’s just too bad that the Golden Globes are a worthless honor.

Filmloverladyeo

The rarity of Black nominees should be telling Black folks something. We need to have our own awards and pump them up and respect them as much as the mainstream does. I don’t know how much winning these nominations and awards really help Black careers. Given there have been only 3 or 4 nomination up to now, all of which would be who they are with or without this nomination/award, I doubt it has made a difference.

Carl

I swear you guys are complete idiots.

Cordell

Congrats to Ava, David, Quvenzhane, Viola and Uzo!!!

Linda

The headline says FIRST BLACK WOMAN…it did not say first black person.

Eric

John Singleton also isn’t a Black woman.

stp

If you could look at the playlist, I’d appreciate it. That’s how you list the award winners. The all caps is ridiculous. Furthermore, unfortunately Linklater will win Best Director.

Troublemaker

Oprah wants an award by all means necessary. She can taste it. She’s looking for the Best Picture category to get an award for Producer.

dages

It might be more meaningful to note that Ms. DuVernay is the first black woman to be given $20 million to make a studio movie. Taking into account that budget and the subject matter — which is nearly as award-prone as a Holocaust drama — a nomination was all but inevitable. Besides, why this obsession with awards? All sorts of turkeys get them, year after year. If you really wanna be different, why look for approval from all the usual suspects?

@DJ

Damn can some of y’all not read??? We’re talking about the GOLDEN GLOBES not the Oscars. The GOLDEN GLOBES!!!

NO BRAINER

Actually, DEE, Spike Lee was nominated for Best Directing Golden Globe. That’s what the article said. BUT, it was 25 years ago he was nominated, not 24.

DJ

This is why Internet dependency is editorial manslaughter. IMDB isn’t FACT. Look up the 1990 Oscar nominees for direction. Spike WAS NOT nominated. Should he have been in retrospect? Yes, and that’s a different conversation.

@Dee

Do your homework Dee. Spike Lee was nominated for for Best director for Do The Right Thing. It’s right on his IMDB page. Look it up.

DJ

"It’s painfully incredible that between the years of 1990 to 2014 (24 looooong years), there wasn’t a single black director (male or female) nominated for Best Director in the Motion Picture category!"

?? Lee Daniels for Precious (2009)

Dee

Spike Lee was not nominated in the directing category, but for writing and doc feature

@AP

John Singleton was not nominated for a Golden Globe. He was nominated for an Oscar.

AP

Don’t forget that John Singleton was nominated for best director for Boyz in the hood.

Beemooree

It’s a shame That only one black actress can shine at a time

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