“Selma” premiered in London last night; but
before she made her appearance there, last week, Ava DuVernay gave a four-part, hour-long video interview to Amy Goodman, for the progressive “Democracy Now,” in which they talked about the Oscars, “Selma” and a few other things.
Among the interesting tidbits shared in the interview, Ms. DuVernay revealed that she never believed or expected that she was
going to get an Oscar nomination for Best Director, and had been, in fact, telling people just that, since last fall, even though everyone (including myself) did not believe it. But, naturally, she is
very disappointed that David Oyelowo was passed over for a Best Actor nomination, and does understand the nature of the status quo in Hollywood, and that her chances
for getting a nomination were remote the first place.
She also discusses the question of diversity and the
Oscars, stands up to charges against Selma and its so- called historical inaccuracies; and, towards the end, talks about her
upcoming Hurricane Katrina murder mystery, as well as her attraction to it.
Take a look: