‘Selma’ was snubbed for the Oscars because of a protest against police brutality by Cast, by Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo


Although Selma was one of the most successful films of 2014, it wasn’t a huge success at the Academy Awards. In light of protests following the police murder of George Floyd, actor David Oyelowo and filmmaker Ava DuVernay say a demonstration of police brutality resulted in Selma be snubbed at the Oscars.

Some actors of “Selma” in 2015 | Charley Gallay / Getty Images for the NAACP Image Awards

“Selma” was critically acclaimed, but received no Oscars

Directed by DuVernay, Selma tells the story of Selma’s polling steps at the Montgomery steps in 1965.

Directed by David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the film has a sprawling ensemble cast which also includes 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 historical figures are represented, such as Andrew Young, Diane Nash, Bayard Rustin and Mahalia Jackson.

Despite all the critical acclaim, the film was nominated for two awards, Best Film and Best Original Song. The film won no awards.

David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay say film was ignored for Eric Garner protest

Oyelowo spoke about the film’s snobbery in a recent interview with ScreenDaily. ” Six years ago, Selma coincided with the murder of Eric Garner. It was the last time we were in a place where I cannot breathe, “he said. “I remember the first of Selma wearing “I can’t breathe” T-shirts in protest. Members of the Academy called the studio and our producers said, “How dare they do this? Why are they stirring s ** t? “And” We are not going to vote for this film because we don’t think it is up to them to do so. “”

He continued: “This partly explains why this film didn’t get everything people think it should have and that it gave birth to #OscarsSoWhite. They used their privilege to refuse a film based on what they enjoyed in the world. ”

DuVernay confirmed and co-signed Oyelowo’s statements by confirming and co-signing the article and tweet from ScreenDaily which contained the quotes about the snubbed film. The filmmaker tweeted: “True story”.

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In light of national attention to the police murder of George Floyd and the protests and uprisings that followed, Paramount Pictures made Selma available to rent for free this month on digital platforms.


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