While the film, which depicts the legendary civil rights march led by Martin Luther King, Jr., was widely praised for its artistic achievements and received a Best Picture nomination, it was notoriously rebuffed in other categories, such as Best Director (Ava DuVernay, who would have been the first African-American woman to be nominated) and Best Actor (David Oyelowo, who played Dr. King, was considered a shoe-in.)
According to the Huffington Post, the screening was planned long before the Academy announced its Oscar nominees, but the timing couldn’t have been more fitting. Oyelowo and DuVernay, along with Oprah Winfrey and Common, are scheduled to attend, as well as that one black president guy.
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