Selma
First screened in January 2015
Director: Ava DuVernay. Cast: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Stephan James, André Holland, Wendell Pierce, Tessa Thompson, Lorraine Toussaint, Trai Byers, Oprah Winfrey, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Colman Domingo, Henry G. Sanders, Keith Stanfield, Niecy Nash, Tim Roth, Common, Omar Dorsey, Giovanni Ribisi, Nigel Thatch, Alessandro Nivola, Cuba Gooding Jr., Martin Sheen, Dylan Baker, Stan Houston, Jeremy Strong, Ledisi, Tara Ochs. Screenplay: Paul Webb. Yep.

Twitter Capsule: History as silk ribbon and clogged pipe. Change glorious and frustrated. King one of many, and One. Builds, like a movement.

VOR:   Beyond the direct topical currency of civil rights and social justice, this is the rare studio film to balance individual canonization with collective empowerment, and to touch such raw nerves.



Photo © 2014 Paramount Pictures/Cloud Eight Films/
Pathé/Plan B Entertainment/Harpo Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–


Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Original Song: "Glory"

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director: Ava DuVernay
Best Actor (Drama): David Oyelowo
Best Original Song: "Glory"

Other Awards:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: New Generation Award (DuVernay)
National Board of Review: Freedom of Expression Award

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