(AllHipHop News) Ava DuVernay’s impactful documentary 13th is up for an Academy Award.
The Oscar nominations were announced today, and the film covering the history of the United States criminal justice system’s negative effect on African-Americans was among the picks for “Best Documentary Feature.”
Other films selected for the category include Fire at Sea, I Am Not Your Negro, Life, Animated, and OJ: Made In America.
After its release last year, 13th was highly promoted on social media at the height of the 2016 Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
Hip Hop representative Common was among the celebrities pushing the film.
The Chicago emcee/actor also contributed to 13th with the song “Letter To The Free” featuring Bilal.
DuVernay (Selma, Queen Sugar) publicly commented on her Oscar nod.
“Thanx to [The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences] for amplifying injustices of mass criminalization in [13th]. Love to our fellow nominees,” posted the filmmaker on Twitter.
13th earned significant critical acclaim prior to the Academy Awards announcements.
The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association, Women Film Critics Circle Awards, New York Film Critics Online Awards, Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, and African-American Film Critics Association Awards have all honored the documentary.
Ava DuVernay’s 13th is available for streaming on Netflix.
The 89th annual Academy Awards are scheduled to air February 26 at 7 ET on ABC.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 24, 2017