All 9 Oscar Best Picture Nominees With a Black Director, From ‘Precious’ to ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ (Photos)

All 9 Oscar Best Picture Nominees With a Black Director, From ‘Precious’ to ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ (Photos)
Lee Daniels’ “Precious” (2009) • Daniels’ Harlem-set drama marked the first time that a movie with a black director earned a Best Picture nomination. Mo’Nique won best supporting actress and Geoffrey Fletcher won for adapted screenplay — but “The Hurt Locker” won the top prize.

Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” (2013) • Although McQueen lost the Best Director trophy to Alfonso Cuarón for “Gravity,” he did become the first black producer to win Best Picture for his gritty depiction of the antebellum South.

Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” (2014) • DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. biopic lost to “Birdman” for Best Picture, but did win for John Legend and Common’s song “Glory.”

Denzel Washington’s “Fences” (2016) • Washington directed and starred in this acclaimed adaptation of the August Wilson play — but only co-star Viola Davis went home with gold.

Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” (2016) • Jenkins shared the adapted screenplay trophy, lost the directing prize to Damien Chazelle for “La La Land,
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