Besides Oprah Winfrey, Kimberly Steward is the second Black female producer to have her film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Though she is an industry newcomer, Steward is making her presence felt bringing in six nominations in total.
Recognized for her work on Manchester By the Sea, Steward shared with The Huffington Post that this moment for her was both exciting and surreal. She went on to explain her connection to the film. “I really was able to identify with the film as an African-American woman because I saw my own extended family dynamics and have family members that have dealt with very tragic situations.” The film follows the journey of a young man who finds himself responsible for his brother’s son after his untimely death. Independently financed with only $8 million, Steward brought her dreams into fruition by her own merit and it is safe to say, it was worth every dollar.
Steward also shared her thoughts on representation and its importance as a filmmaker. “It’s really important to represent who we are in front of the camera as well as behind the camera. We’re amongst a really incredible group of filmmakers and films this year.” Last year, the Oscars caught flack for its lack of representation in the various categories. This year, we will see far more diversity and this is definitely something to be celebrated.