DuVernay's election comes well after the #OscarsSoWhite movement was launched in January 2015 in response to the Academy picking an all-white slate of nominees — the same year "Selma" was in contention.
The Oscar-winning US actor will also executive produce the show based on a magazine article about Exotic, who recently shot to fame as the subject of a wildly popular docuseries.
That Democratic Party candidates have failed to mention Syria or Bashar al Assad when talking foreign policy is a worrying sign that the US will continue its failed Syria policy.
The 2020 Oscars ceremony takes place on Sunday in Los Angeles, the climax of Hollywood's awards season.
Amani Ballour, 32, is seen facing bombardments and shortages of food and medicine while also challenging sexist attitudes in "The Cave," which is shortlisted for best documentary feature at this year's Academy Awards.
The 32-year-old Syrian pediatrician hopes the attention the film has garnered will remind the world that the horror of the Syrian war is about to enter its ninth year.
The academy initially said speeches for cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling and live-action short would be aired in a shortened, taped segment during the broadcast but decided to show all 24 categories live.
Alfonso Cuaron's ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, and offbeat royal romp "The Favourite" top Oscar nominations with 10 each.
Though many people don't get to hear much about it, Pakistanis have made their global presence felt in various fields through their contributions to politics, economy, welfare as well as sports and the arts.
Fesitval has female stars vowing to protest on the red carpet against industry sexism, with two top directors barred from attending and bans hanging over some movies.
Czech-born US director Milos Forman, known for the Oscar-winning classics, passes away after a brief illness in the US, Czech media report.
The Mexican director was crowned best director for his fantasy romance 'The Shape of Water,' at the Directors Guild of America honours.
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