After Oscar Snubs, The White House Announces Private Screening For 'Selma' Cast
Selma may have gotten a few snubs from the Oscars this year, but the award-deserving cast won’t be left out of the White House. Late Thursday (Jan. 15), the White House announced that the cast was invited to an intimate viewing of Selma.
The announcement happened hours after the Oscar nominations kindly left the groundbreaking film out to dry, even though the Internet unanimously agreed Ava DuVernay should have been nominated for Best Director (she would have been the first Black woman nominated) and David Oyelowo for Best Actor.
Apparently the screening has reportedly been planned much in advance to celebrate the Martin Lutther King Jr. holiday weekend, but the announcement was perfectly timed. Amongst the invited cast and crew were Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo and Common.
This invitation is a pleasant follow-up to the many headlines about the Oscars and their overall lack of color in the nomination pool. It also gives an almost head-nod from the Obamas, who have had special screenings of other impactful movies in the past such as Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Lincoln, Beasts of The Southern Wild, Slumdog Millionaire and Cesar Chavez: An American Hero.
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