Director and executive producer Ava Duvernay attends the "Selma" New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 14, 2014 in New York City

Director and executive producer Ava Duvernay attends the “Selma” New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 14, 2014 in New York City

*While “Selma” director Ava DuVernay has called hacked emails between Sony co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin mocking President Obama “sad, limited and crass,” she also regards it as “a gift”

“I thought it was a great gift to me to be reminded of that kind of sad, limited, crass view of the work that people do in this industry who are not from the dominant culture,” she said in a new interview with the Daily Beast. “It was a gift to me to be reminded on that in that moment when there were a lot of shining lights on me and hoopla around the Globes. It was sobering, and it provided a moment of clarity that I’m thankful for as I move forward.”

DuVernay said she found out about the emails shortly after becoming the first black woman ever nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes.

In an interview with Variety last Thursday, the DuVernay said she had just two words for the emails: “sickening and sad.” On Friday, during an interview with The Washington Post, DuVernay also called the emails a “gift.” She explained:

“Something about reading that on the day of these nominations, getting off the stage with John Lewis, the standing ovations, all these things that have been happening, to get back and say, Okay, this is what some folks really think. …[It] was empowering to me, got me really clear, got me really focused. So I’m grateful.

Read DuVernay’s entire interview with The Daily Beast here.