Whether we like it or not, there are different rules for women and men in these awards races. Part of this is because of the lack of critical mass of women nominees. When you are all alone up there, you are everything to everyone. That’s a hard place to be. But DuVernay has embraced that. She has unilaterally changed the look of who a director can be. She is giving girls and other people who are not white men the opportunity to see that they, too, can tell stories at the highest levels of the business. She reassures them their voices and visions matter.
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