• Selma (2014)

Selma

Release Date: December 25th, 2014

DVD Release Date: May 5th, 2015

PG-13 |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Giovanni Ribisi, Alessandro Nivola, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey

Director: Ava DuVernay

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Plan B Entertainment, Cloud Eight, Harpo Films

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Emotional, Sacrifice, Police officer, Dark, 1960s, Quest, Brooding

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    At its best, Ava DuVernay’s biographical film honors Dr. King’s legacy by dramatizing the racist brutality that spurred him and his colleagues to action. The director and her screenwriter, Paul Webb, are less successful — sometimes much less so — at breathing life into the private moments that define King as an inspirational figure with human flaws, and a political as well as spiritual force. show more

  • 90
    Stephen FarberThe Hollywood Reporter

    Intelligently written, vividly shot, tightly edited, sharply acted, the film represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history. show more

  • 80
    Dana StevensSlate

    By focusing on the power of cannily staged collective action to turn the tide of public opinion, Selma achieves a contemporary relevance that few historical dramas can — especially those built around real-life figures as encrusted in layers of hagiography as MLK. show more

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Awards

Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Music (Original Song)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Picture