The movie Selma premiered at the American Film Institute Festival on November 11, 2014, began a limited U.S. release on December 25, and expanded into wide theatrical release on January 9, 2015, just two months before the 50th anniversary of the march.
Selma had four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, and Best Actor, and won for Best Original Song. It also garnered nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards.
Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.
The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.
Director Ava DuVernays SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.
The movie credit is as follows:
Directed by Ava DuVernay; written by Paul Webb; director of photography, Bradford Young; edited by Spencer Averick; music by Jason Moran; production design by Mark Friedberg; costumes by Ruth E. Carter; produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Oprah Winfrey; released by Paramount Pictures. Running time: 2 hours 7 minutes.
Cast: David Oyelowo (the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.), Tom Wilkinson (President Lyndon B. Johnson), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Fred Gray), Alessandro Nivola (John Doar), Carmen Ejogo (Coretta Scott King), Lorraine Toussaint (Amelia Boynton), Colman Domingo (Ralph Abernathy), Tim Roth (Gov. George C. Wallace), Oprah Winfrey (Annie Lee Cooper), Tessa Thompson (Diane Nash), Nigel Thatch (Malcolm X), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Bayard Rustin), Andre Holland (Andrew Young), Common (James Bevel), Trai Byers (James Forman), Dylan Baker (J. Edgar Hoover), Stephen Root (Al Lingo), Wendell Pierce (the Rev. Hosea Williams), Henry G. Sanders (Cager Lee) and Stephan James (Congressman John Lewis).
“What happens when a man stands up says enough is enough?”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
‘If “Selma” is limited by the kind of film it needed to be and by what its studio proprietors wanted to sell, it’s still the best and most intimate fictional portrayal of the civil rights movement, by a long shot.’
Andrew O’hehir – salon.com
“At its best, Ava DuVernay’s biographical film honors Dr. King’s legacy by dramatizing the racist brutality that spurred him and his colleagues to action.”
Joe Morgenstern – Wall Street Journal
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