Attention must be paid. The site's critical consensus reads: "Fueled by a gripping performance from David Oyelowo, Selma draws inspiration and dramatic power from the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr. – but doesn't ignore how far we remain from the ideals his work embodied. "[76], The film won and was nominated for several awards in 2014–15. Johnson. Judge Johnson allows the march. Dozens of kneeling, peaceful protests fill the screen end to end, and the juxtaposition between the historical depiction on the movie screen and the current images on today’s TV screens does not go unnoticed. The march on the highway to Montgomery takes place, and, when the marchers reach Montgomery, King delivers a speech on the steps of the State Capitol. In recreating King’s speaking voice, Oyelowo resists the preacherly curlicues one might be inclined to use based on hearing King’s speeches. DuVernay said in an interview that she did not see herself as "a custodian of anyone's legacy". "[71], Rene Rodriguez, writing in the Miami Herald, commented that, Unlike most biopics about heroic men who shaped our history or helped bring about change (such as 2013's Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom or The Butler), Selma doesn't feel like freeze-dried hagiography. That evening, Reeb is beaten to death by a white mob on a street in Selma. [9] On April 7, it was announced that British actress Carmen Ejogo would play Dr. King's wife, Coretta Scott King. [22] On June 4, Niecy Nash joined the cast to play Richie Jean Jackson, wife of Dr. Sullivan Jackson played by Kent Faulcon, while John Lavelle joined to play Roy Reed, a reporter covering the march for The New York Times. The historical accuracy of Selma's story has been the subject of controversy about the degree to which artistic license should be used in historical fiction.

Movement attorney Fred Gray asks federal Judge Frank Minis Johnson to let the march go forward. In one of the film’s best scenes, King is asked a very hard question by his wife.

King and Bevel meet with Cager Lee, Jackson's grandfather, at the morgue. Activities also build students’ awareness of the contemporary significance of the US civil rights movement and help to develop knowledge and understanding of how primary sources can inform contemporary filmmaking.

That there hasn’t been more talk about his work (he also shot “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) is something of a travesty that “Selma” should correct. He runs the blogs Big Media Vandalism and Tales of Odienary Madness. The Conyers scene involved a portrayal of federal judge Frank Minis Johnson, who ruled that the third and final march could go forward. Martin Luther King Jr. Records Collection Act, United States House Select Committee on Assassinations, King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis, The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story, Joseph Schwantner: New Morning for the World; Nicolas Flagello: The Passion of Martin Luther King. It inspires by suggesting that the reverence for Dr. King was bestowed on a person no different than any of us. After a confrontation in front of the courthouse, a shoving match occurs as the police go into the crowd. Amid the controversies over Academy Award nominations and presidential portrayals, it can be easy to forget what Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” is at its core: a distinguished piece of allegorical art. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches initiated and directed by James Bevel[5][6] and led by Martin Luther King Jr., Hosea Williams, and John Lewis.

The film was nominated for Best Picture and won Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards.

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In another very good scene, Coretta Scott King meets with Malcolm X (a convincing Nigel Thatch), and their dialogue is an informative piece of strategizing. "[75], Praise was not unanimous. Everything else, they got 100 percent right". "[74] Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post gave the film four out of five stars, and wrote: "With Selma, director Ava DuVernay has created a stirring, often thrilling, uncannily timely drama that works on several levels at once ... she presents [Martin Luther King, Jr.] as a dynamic figure of human-scale contradictions, flaws and supremely shrewd political skills. Alabama Governor George Wallace speaks out against the movement. I’m big on how the “craft” of a movie supports its themes through shooting styles, motifs, colors, language, etc.