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Ava DuVernay is a writer, producer, director and distributor of independent film. Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Ava was honored with the 2013 John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award and the Tribeca Film Institute 2013 Affinity Award for her second feature film, "Middle of Nowhere."
"TOP FIVE": Chris Rock rolls in romantic comedy/film industry satire
In Birdman, Michael Keaton played a fading star trying to revive a career that had been in decline since he'd become typecast after playing a superhero in a series of blockbusters on the big screen. That plotline wasn't all that far off from the arc of Keaton's real-life fate following an outing as Batman back in 1989.
As 2104 draws to a close it's a perfect time to reflect on noteworthy films, strong performances and the strides that black artists made this past year. It's also a good time to spotlight the top-quality movies that will vie for Oscars and be released in theaters and on DVD/VOD in weeks to come.