Target: Ava DuVernay, Selma director
Goal: Congratulate movie director who is the first woman of color to be nominated for the best director Golden Globe award
Ava DuVernay just became the first African-American woman and woman of color in general to be nominated for the best director award in the Golden Globes. She is nominated for her movie Selma, a biographical film about Martin Luther King Jr. This important milestone should have been achieved sooner, but it is still a very positive step towards including more voices of women of color in mainstream media. Please join us in congratulating and thanking DuVernay for her achievement.
DuVernay, who has directed the movies I Will Follow and Middle of Nowhere, is only the third woman ever to be nominated for this award, as well as the third African American. This striking statistic sounds like a thing of the past, but film direction remains one of the areas where women and people of color are extremely underrepresented. They find it particularly difficult to get opportunities, funding, and recognition. This makes DuVernay’s achievement even more commendable. No woman of color has ever been nominated for the Oscar for best director either, and perhaps DuVerney will make that piece of history as well.
Please let this talented director know that her achievement means a lot and is appreciated and respected by many people who wish to see more women of color represented in the media.
Dear Ms. DuVernay,
I am writing to congratulate you on your nomination for the Best Director Golden Globe award. This is clearly a great personal achievement for you, but it is also an important societal milestone as you are the first woman of color to ever be nominated for this award. Thank you for your hard work and for helping our culture move forward in its inclusion of voices and narratives of women of color.
As you probably know, you are only the third woman to ever be nominated for this award, and only the third African American. This statistic might be a little upsetting, but your achievement definitely puts us one step closer to a time when women of color will be fairly represented in the media, and nominations like yours will not be so rare.
Congratulations again, and I wish you best of luck in your future career, which will hopefully break down many more barriers.
[Your Name Here]
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