‘Selma’ Was Snubbed for Oscars Due to Cast’s Police Brutality Protest, per Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo

by Jeremy Spirogis
Some of the cast of

Though Selma was one of the vital well-received movies of 2014, it was not an enormous hit on the Academy Awards. In mild of the protests ensuing from George Floyd’s homicide by police, actor David Oyelowo and filmmaker Ava DuVernay state {that a} police brutality protest resulted in Selma getting snubbed on the Oscars.

Some of the cast of 'Selma' in 2015
Some of the forged of ‘Selma’ in 2015 | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards

‘Selma’ was critically-acclaimed however didn’t get any Oscars

Directed by DuVernay, Selma tells the story of the voting marches from Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965.

Led by David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the movie has a sprawling ensemble forged that additionally contains Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Tessa Thompson, Trai Byers, Lakeith Stanfield, André Holland, Stephan James, Lorraine Touissant, Wendell Pierce, Niecy Nash, Colman Domingo and others Several real-life historic figures are depicted, corresponding to Andrew Young, Diane Nash, Bayard Rustin, and Mahalia Jackson.

Despite all of its crucial acclaim, the movie was solely nominated for 2 awards, Best Picture and Best Original Song. The movie didn’t win both award.

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David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay say the movie was snubbed for Eric Garner protest

Oyelowo talked in regards to the movie being snubbed in a latest interview with ScreenDaily. “Six years in the past, Selma coincided with Eric Garner being murdered. That was the final time we have been in a spot of ‘I Can’t Breathe,’” he stated. “I bear in mind on the premiere of Selma us carrying ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts in protest. Members of the Academy known as in to the studio and our producers saying, ‘How dare they do that? Why are they stirring s**t?’ and ‘We are usually not going to vote for that movie as a result of we don’t suppose it’s their place to be doing that.’”

He continued, “It’s part of why that film didn’t get everything that people think it should’ve got and it birthed #OscarsSoWhite. They used their privilege to deny a film on the basis of what they valued in the world.”

DuVernay confirmed and co-signed Oyelowo’s statements by confirming and co-signing the ScreenDaily article and tweet which had the quotes in regards to the movie being snubbed. The filmmaker tweeted, ‘True story.”

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In mild of the nationwide consideration garnered by George Floyd’s homicide by police and the next protests and uprisings which have adopted, Paramount Pictures has made Selma obtainable to rent for free this month on digital platforms.

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