The true story of Dr. Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal
voting rights by organizing a peaceful march in Alabama in 1965.
Directed by Ava DuVernay
Written by Paul Webb
Starring David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo,
Andre Holland, Wendell Pierce, Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Roth,
Cuba Gooding Jr., Oprah Winfrey
Oscar Wins - Best Original Song (Glory)
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture
Selma is a tear-inducing chronicle of one of Dr. King's most important achievements, and a film that isn't afraid to hold back on historical accuracy. David Oyelowo leads an amazing ensemble for what is arguably one of the most important films of the decade.
Oyelowo's performance as Dr. King is nothing short of perfect, showcasing King's unparalleled resolve and his iron will. Alongside him is Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was hesitant at first but eventually signed the legislature that granted African-Americans the right to vote without interference. Wilkinson makes you admire Johnson and hate him at the same time by delivering a hell of a performance.
I think it's important for Selma to be seen by more people, so as to better understand the struggle that Dr. King and every other African-American man, woman, and child went through during a time of great distress in the United States. This film shows the horrors that the white people of Alabama inflicted upon Dr. King and his followers as well as the victories that Dr. King fought for until his last breath. This is definitely a must see, as it has a great lesson in morality that everyone can take away from it.