With so much discussion surrounding the lack of diversity in Hollywood over the past year, it is no surprise that the conversation carried itself to the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards.

Out of 47 nominees, 14 women were nominated for a DGA Award.  Out of the 14 nominees, Dee Rees (Pariah) was the only female director to go home with a win.  Rees won for Best TV Movie/Miniseries for ‘Bessie,’ and took stage as an opportunity to express her discontent with gender/racial inequalities surrounding the Oscars and the overall dynamics within the Hollywood system.

“I feel like they only talk about half of the conversation.  It’s not only with the films that weren’t nominated, it’s with the films that were nominated. I think a lot of mediocrity gets celebrated … and I don’t think all the movies are getting watched and judged and fairly seen because of their subject matter.”  – Dee Rees

Dee Rees introduced herself to the world in 2011 with her independent film ‘Pariah’, a fearless coming of age story about a 17 year old embracing her sexual identity.  The success of ‘Pariah’earned Rees a spot on the New York Times’ ‘20 Directors to Watch‘ list in 2013.  Her next project will be a miniseries for FX, which is based off of Isabel Wilkerson’s 2010 book ‘The Warmth Of Other Suns.’  Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers will serve as Executive Producers on the project.

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