Ava DuVernay Selected to Receive Directing Prize at Britannia Awards

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Of the honoree, Kieran Breen, chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles, said: "She has brought together talents from the U.S. and U.K. for her projects and successfully crafted work that resonates with audiences around the globe, making her incredibly deserving of this honor."

It's already shaping up to be a busy awards season for Ava DuVernay.

The filmmaker, showrunner, producer and all-around champion of the arts has been selected by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) to receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by The Great Britain Campaign at the AMD British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines.

The awards are set for Oct. 27 at the Beverly Hilton, where DuVernay will join excellence in television honoree Dick Van Dyke. She's also joining the roster of excellence in directing winners that includes Ang Lee, Sam Mendes, Mike Newell, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, David Yates, Quentin Tarantino and Kathryn Bigelow. Other awards will be announced soon.

"Ava is both a fearless director and a champion of talent who has used her platform to shed light on some of the most important issues facing the world today," said Kieran Breen, chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles. "She has brought together talents from the U.S. and U.K. for her projects and successfully crafted work that resonates with audiences around the globe, making her incredibly deserving of this honor."

The BAFTA trophy comes on the heels of an announcement that DuVernay will take the stage at the Hammer Museum in October, when she receives an award at the Westwood Institution's Gala in the Garden alongside writer Hilton Als. 

DuVernay previously won a BAFTA for best documentary for her film 13th and was nominated for an Academy Award for her work on Selma. Her TV drama, Queen Sugar, was recently renewed for a third season at Oprah Winfrey's OWN, and her new feature film, A Wrinkle in Time, is set for release from Disney on March 9, 2018. If that weren't enough, she distributes and amplifies the work of people of color and women directors through her film collective ARRAY.

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