A Wrinkle In Time's Ava DuVernay Just Made History

Watch out for falling glass.

Director Ava DuVernay has broken a glass ceiling by becoming the first woman of color to helm a live-action film with a budget exceeding $100 million. She is only the third woman ever to accomplish that feat, following in the footsteps of Kathryn Bigelow (K-19: The Widowmaker) and Patty Jenkins (next summer's Wonder Woman).

The film for which DuVernay earns this distinction is A Wrinkle in Time, her latest directorial project. Women and Hollywood was the first to note that the film's $100 million budget, as reported by Deadline, signifies a major milestone for women of color.

Oprah Winfrey, who will star in the Disney film, was among those offering the Selma director their congratulations.

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This isn't the first lofty distinction held by DuVernay. In 2015 she became the first Black female director to have her film (Selma) nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Her latest project, the racial-inequality documentary The 13th, will premiere on Netflix in October.
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