Review: Based around Martin Luther King and the marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
Director: Ava DuVernay
Actors: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Wilkinson
Year: 2014
Genre: Biography, Drama and History
Conclusion: 4/5
Some very powerful and moving scenes. Outstanding performance from David Oyelowo who I think should have been given more recognition for doing this part. He should have at least got a nomination at the Academy Awards for his performance. Even though David Oyelowo was brilliant he was surrounded by a good cast. Carmen Ejogo, for example gave an excellent performance as Coretta King. This film is as much about King’s personal life as it is about his politics. One of the things that stood out for me the the Academy Awards was the Selma cast coming on to do their song. It left me with goosebumps. A very smart and well told story. It is also a story in which these events were not even that long ago in history and still in some peoples’ life time. Director Lee Daniels was originally slated to direct this film back in 2008. David Oyelowo fought very hard for 7 years to get his role. At the Academy Awards in 2015 this only managed to win 1 Oscar and that was for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song. At the Golden Globe Awards also in 2015 this also won 1 Award and that was for Best Original Song – Motion Picture.

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