Ava DuVernay is the gift that keeps on giving and if we had to select one woman who won the decade it would be this beauty. 

She has consistently delivered the kind of thought-provoking work that actually moves the needle when it comes to shedding light on the Black experience, making her art more than just entertaining, but critical to the community it represents. 

DuVernay is a champion of change, putting her money and her effort where her mouth is when it comes to representation and inclusion. She’s constantly championing other people’s work, and using her voice to uplift people of color in the industry however she can.

Ava DuVernay sets record as first Black female director with $100 million box office score

Here are 8 ways Ava DuVernay OWNED the decade:

2She’s a trailblazer. 

In 2012, her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere earned her the directing award at the Sundance film Festival, making her the first Black woman to win the coveted honor. It also helped put Omari Hardwick on the map and helped Hollywood take notice of the force of nature that is Ava DuVernay.