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Recommended: Selma (2014)

Ava DuVernay documents the historic 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

Directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo as the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Selma captures the essence of the Civil Rights movement and legacy of one its greatest leaders.

David Oyelowo delivers a powerhouse performance, portraying King with nuance, shrewdness, and gripping dynamism. Although some question the film's historical accuracy—especially as it pertains to the relationship between King and President Lyndon B. Johnson—DuVernay's storytelling prowess is unquestionable. The goal of historical fiction is to dramatize and empathize, and DuVernay excels at both while delivering a perfect case study on the importance of hearing and amplifying Black voices.

Selma movie poster
Movie poster for Selma (2014)

Details

  • Released in 2014
  • Directed by Ava DuVernay
  • Produced by Oprah Winfrey, Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
  • Written by Paul Webb
  • Starring David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tim Roth
  • Music by Jason Moran
  • Cinematography by Bradford Young
  • Production by Pathé, Harpo Films, Plan B Entertainment, Cloud Eight Films, Ingenious Media
  • Distributed by Paramount Pictures
  • Run-time of 128 minutes
  • Awarded the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song
  • Nominated for the Academy Award of Best Picture, and the Golden Globes for Best Drama, Best Director, and Best Actor
  • Watch now on Apple TV