British-Nigerian Actor David Oyelowo in an interview on CNN stated that the ‘Selma’ movie which was released in December last year was the best movie for 2014.
"At the end of the day our film is officially the best reviewed film of last year. We are making tens of millions of dollars at the box office” Oyelowo said to Christiana Amanpour.
The actor made this statement in regards to his Oscar snub. David played the role of Martin Luther King, Jr in the movie for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor (Drama).
Talking about the impact of Oprah’s role the 38-year-old actor said, “...the impact was just having Oprah Winfrey play that role. When you think of who she is, what she represents and what she has achieved, the notion that only 50-years ago almost to the day now she could have been prevented from registering to vote is unthinkable”.
He added that he was however glad the film was coming out in a time where young people are engaging with social action.
David Oyelowo who was born in Oxford, England, to Nigerian parents of has also starred in movies such as The Butler, Rise of the Planet Apes, Middle of Nowhere, Lincoln and appeared in other series over the years.
Ava DuVerny, who directed the movie also talked about the controversies surrounding the reason she was not nominated for Oscar saying she didn’t feel sad because she had been telling people she didn’t think it was going to happen for her since she was new in the directors wing and not really known.
She however admitted that for David not being included hurt her feelings as he was one of the best performers for the year “but in the end we were nominated in some categories and not nominated in others. We are one of the very few films that got taken out last year that’s nominated for Best Picture. That’s a huge accomplishment for everyone who worked on this picture” she added.
When asked if she would have done anything different about some scenes of the film, the 43-year-old filmmaker said “I will not change a frame of the film. That’s what I believe, it’s what I am interested in, it poses the questions that I have”.
She also urged people to interrogate history for themselves.