Director DuVernay talks ‘Selma’ in Somerville

January 21, 2015 5:05 AM

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Director DuVernay talks ‘Selma’ in Somerville

“Selma” director Ava DuVernay’s reaction to not receiving an Academy Award nomination? So what. Speaking to Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. following a screening of “Selma” in Somerville Monday, DuVernay said an Oscar nomination would, of course, have been welcome, but it’s hardly the reason she made the movie.

“I wasn’t really tripping on what everybody else was up in arms about,” said DuVernay, who could have been the first female African-American director nominated for an Academy Award. “It’s like a sundae. It’s still good without the cherry on top. Really, I’m much more fine with it than Twitter [was]....

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