Oscar 2017: Ava DuVernay, Oscar Nominated Documentarian, 13th

Asked by the Hollywood Reporter about the meaning of the Oscar Awards, Oscar-nominated documentary director (13th) said:

They amplify work in a way that nothing else does. I want to tell my story by any means necessary, any way I can, and that was something that I started my career perfectly content to do: to share my work with people hand-to-hand, screening by screening, 40 people by 30 people by 20 people.

What the distinction of a nomination] does is that it’s a big bullhorn for films and for artists.¬† For me, 13th in particular is a film that I want to have that attention because the ideas and issues in it are paramount to our understanding of this current moment in our country.