Let’s take a break from the “Selma” Oscar snub controversy and just talk about how director Ava DuVernay got here. She was a longtime film publicist who, just under a decade ago, ventured into moviemaking with short films, made her first documentary, “This is the Life,” in 2008, and followed up with features “I Will Follow” in 2010 and “Middle of Nowhere” 2012. The latter really put her on the radar, marked her first pairing with David Oyelowo, who would go on to lead her Best Picture nominee “Selma,” and now, you too can check out the movie that really got the buzz on DuVernay going.
Featuring Emayatzy Corinealdi, Omari Hardwick, Edwina Findley, Sharon Lawrence, and Lorraine Toussaint (also in “Selma”), the movie follows Ruby, a medical student whose marriage to Derek hits a roadblock when he goes to prison four years ago. As she struggles to keep hope alive, she crosses paths with Brian, which leads her down unexpected paths. The Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance in 2012, this is one you’ll want to take a look at, particularly as the buzz around “Selma” grows. So, how can you win?
Follow us on and , and tweet: “I want to win Middle Of Nowhere from @ThePlaylist. #WinThePlaylistContest” and include this link . Your final step: just email us your tweet, your full name and address, and tell us which movie should win Best Picture at the Oscars this year. Good luck!
Update: Contest closed, winners have been contacted via email.