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  • David Oyelowo

    Born on April 1, 1976 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

awards & nominations

Selma (2014)

David Oyelowo as "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Golden Globe (2014) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

David Oyelowo as "Louis Gaines"

After leaving the South as a young man and finding employment at an elite hotel in Washington, D.C., Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is hired as a butler at the White House. Over the course of three decades, Cecil has a front-row seat to history and the inner workings of the Oval Office. However, his commitment to his "First Family" leads to tension at home, alienating his wife (Oprah Winfrey) and causing conflict with his anti-establishment son.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

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