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Selma basks in Oscar 'Glory'

Published:Wednesday | February 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM
David Oyelowo (second left) as Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. in 'Selma'.
Media mogul, Oprah Winfrey in a scene from 'Selma'.

The 87th Academy Awards staged on Sunday honoured the best in television and motion picture, including the highly acclaimed, Selma, nominated for Best Picture and Original Song - Glory, which earned John Stephens (aka John Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (aka Common) their first Academy Award.

Also boasting a number of wins and nominations from the Golden Globes, Critics Choice awards, NAACP Image Awards and Independent Spirit Awards, director Ava DuVernay's Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr Martin Luther King Jr led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo plays Dr King; Carmen Ejogo plays his wife, Coretta Scott King; Tim Roth is Governor George Wallace and Golden Globe winner Tim Wilkinson is President Lyndon B. Johnson. The film was produced by Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.