The 2015 Oscar nominations contained the usual amount of shocks and surprises, but there was no greater shock than the relative shutout of "Selma," the celebrated film about the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
But even if "Selma" was snubbed by the Oscars, the movie has not been snubbed by the President of the United States. The Washington Post reports that the White House is hosting a screening on Friday afternoon (January 16) for what's described as "a very small group," including "Selma" cast and crew members, and Washington politicians.
"Selma," from first-time director Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo in a celebrated turn as Martin Luther King Jr., only earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song. Both DuVernay and Oyelowo were perceived as shoe-ins for directing and acting nominations. They were both nominated at the Golden Globes, where "Selma" earned the trophy for Best Original Song.
“The first day I stepped on the set of ‘Selma,’ I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie,” artist Common said on the Golden Globes stage, accepting the award for the song "Glory." “As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights movement, I realized I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter, killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. ‘Selma’ has awakened my humanity.”