Selma director Ava DuVernay, 42, is reportedly on the short list of candidates running for seats on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ board of governors. After Selma was snubbed at last year’s Oscars, many observers pointed out that the Academy lacked diversity and perpetuated a largely white, male leadership. DuVernay is challenging incumbent Michael Mann for the governor’s seat, as one of 27 women out of the 67 candidates running. Currently, 15 women sit on the Academy’s board including, director Kathryn Bigelow and former Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal. Voting for the elected governors who will serve three-year terms began June 24 and ends July 2. DuVernay is currently in negotiations with Marvel to direct the upcoming Captain Marvel or Black Panther films. On gaining industry recognition, DuVernay recently told Entertainment Weekly, “Is it a huge goal that I’m thinking about and striving for? No. But if there was the right story, absolutely. I think it’s important that our heroes reflect more than one kind of person.”
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