Breakout Stars of 2012

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  • Emayatzy Corinealdi
  • Norm Lewis
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Omari Hardwick
  • Issa Rae
  • Da'Vine Joy Randolph
  • Jay Pharoah
  • Kevin Hart
  • David Oyelowo
  • Adepero Oduye

Ava DuVernay

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay made Sundance history by becoming the first Black female to win the Best Director prize for her sophomore feature film and feminist drama Middle of Nowhere. DuVernay is also founder of AAFRM (African American Film Festival Releasing Movement), which is dedicated to the distribution of Black independent film.

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