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Ava DuVernay is the First African-American Woman to Direct a $100 Million Film

Aug. 3, 2016

Only two other women share the feat

Award-winning director Ava DuVernay will be the first African-American woman to head a live-action feature film with a budget over $100 million with her forthcoming A Wrinkle in Time.

DuVernay will share the feat with only two other women: Kathryn Bigelow, who was the first to direct a film with such a budget in her 2002 K-19: The Widowmaker, and Patty Jenkins with Wonder Woman, which comes out next year, reports Women and Hollywood.

In 2014, DuVernay was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her most recent film Selma, which had a budget of $20 million.

Her new TV series, Queen Sugar — which she co-created with Oprah Winfrey — has just been renewed for a second season, and will premiere in September on OWN.

Winfrey, who also stars in A Wrinkle in Time, took to Twitter to congratulate DuVernay.

[Women and Hollywood]