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Ava DuVernay Calls Nomination an 'Oscar Gift' for MLK Jr.

Ava DuVernay Calls Nomination an 'Oscar Gift' for MLK Jr.

Selma director wishes civil rights icon happy birthday on Twitter.

Published January 15, 2015

No hard feelings here! Despite being seemingly snubbed for a Best Director Academy Award nomination, Ava DuVernay expressed nothing but gratitude and grace on Twitter following the announcements.

The Selma director tweeted, "Happy Birthday, Dr. King. An Oscar gift for you. To SELMA cast + crew led by our miracle David Oyelowo! To Common + [John] Legend! Kudos! March on!" DuVernay kept the focus on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., portrayed by Oyelowo in her film, which happened to coincide with date of the Oscars nomination announcement.

Selma was nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Song, though many feel it was cheated out of a would-be historic Best Director (no Black woman has ever been nominated) and Best Actor nod. In fact, none of the twenty nominees for acting include a single person of color, prompting the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. 

DuVernay, meanwhile, continues to be a class act. The filmmaker has plenty to celebrate with her film's two nominations, near-universal critical acclaim and groundswell of support from audiences and leaders in the Black community.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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