Actress Ava DuVernay Calls Oscars A “Room In L.A.”
Ava DuVernay — a studio publicist turned independent filmmaker at age 42, sure had quite the year. Her life was completely transformed following the success of Selma.– The movie of Martin Luther King’s campaign equal voting rights via an epic march.
Never did Ava DuVernay anticipate that she would have had such an impact on the production, especially since she was the studio’s seventh choice. As most people would be in it for the money and the fame, Ava DeVurnay pledged to dedicate herself entirely to the service of a story that desperately needed to be told.
“I came to realize that those dreams I was dreaming were too small.
If your dream only includes you, it’s too small.”-DuVernay
It was there, while sitting in the audience at the Dolby Theatre, glammed up in a Prada gown tailored to perfection that DuVernay came to a sudden realization:
It was a room in L.A…
Not anything but a room in L.A. with very nice people dressed up. It’s very cool, but my work’s worth is not based on what happens in or around that room. This cannot be the basis of what we do. That for me was a revelation.”-Duvernay
There are bigger things that making a movie. DuVernay knows that the impact she has had through the story that she has helped spread will have a deeper and more lasting effect that goes outside of the Hollywood world.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter