ava duvernay (spirit awards)*It’s a great year for black people in the arts, some would say.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay is yet another great to be celebrated for her wonderful contributions to film.

Saturday, she was awarded the John Cassavetes award at the Independent Spirit Awards, for her independent film, “Middle of Nowhere.”

Last year she blew audiences and judges away at the Sundance Film Festival, becoming the first African American woman to take home the U.S. Directing Award.

Since then, her work has soared to incredible heights, catching the attention of her peers across various platforms.

The John Cassavetes Award goes to the best film of the year made for less than $500,000. DuVernay wrote, directed and produced the drama, which tells the story of a young nurse (played by actress Emayatzy Corinealdi) who puts her life and career on hold due to her husband’s incarceration.

“I’m still on a high from celebrating our film, and indie film in general yesterday,” DuVernay tweeted recently.