1. Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay should be a household name by now. DuVernay is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker with all aspects of filmmaking under her belt. While she's known for directing 2014's Selma, she also has done TV episodes and documentary. She earned an Academy Award nomination for her documentary 13th, an in-depth look at the injustices in the prison system in America. Also, look out for her next month. Her movie A Wrinkle in Time hits theaters starring Oprah Winfrey and Storm Reid.