Kimberly Steward just earned an Oscar nomination for producing her first film "Manchester by the Sea." The film has been a critical darling and earned a total of six Oscar nominations.
Steward financed the film through her company, K Period Media. Its final budget was $8 million, and Amazon Studios acquired the film for $10 Million after its Sundance debut in 2016.
“The industry is starving for lead roles for black characters,” she said. “I think that as a financier, I hope to bring more opportunities for diversity to the market — not only on the screen, but also behind the screen.”
Steward is only the second Black woman to be nominated as a film producer. Oprah Winfrey became the first for her work on Selma.