Golden Globes diversity critic Ava DuVernay named presenter at awards show
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“Selma” director Ava DuVernay, who has been a vocal critic of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's lack of diversity, will present at the virtual Golden Globe awards ceremony Sunday night, the HFPA announced.

DuVernay, who was nominated for Best Director for the 2014 civil rights drama, will join several other newly-announced presenters, including past winners Colin Farrell, Sandra Oh and Sarah Paulson, as well as nominee Amanda Seyfried and Gal Gadot, Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller and Tracy Morgan, according to the HFPA.

DuVernay is one of only eight women nominated for the Best Director-Motion Picture Golden Globe and was the only Black woman ever nominated until this year when Regina King was nominated for “One Night in Miami.”

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The director was one of several actors and filmmakers, also including Kerry Washington, JJ Abrams, Shonda Rhimes, Olivia Wilde and Sterling K. Brown, to sign a statement calling for increased diversity within the 87-member body. DuVernay also retweeted a tweet by actress Ellen Pompeo saying the group "has a membership equity issue that is unacceptable."

In response, the HFPA referred back to an earlier pledge to improve its diversity and said “We will also address this in our show on Sunday,” offering no further details. The secretive body has had no Black members in two decades, according to a Los Angeles Times report published last weekend.