Selma is a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb and DuVernay. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and Martin Luther King, Jr. of SCLC and John Lewis of SNCC. The film stars British actors David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson, Tim Roth asGeorge Wallace, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, and American rapper and actor Common as Bevel.
Pathé financed the film, with Plan B Entertainment, Cloud Eight Films, and Harpo Productions as co-producers. Paramount Picturesdistributed Selma in North America, while Pathé handled international distribution.
Selma premiered at the American Film Institute Festival on November 11, 2014, began a limited U.S. release on December 25, and expanded into wide theatrical release on January 9, 2015, two months before the 50th anniversary of the march.
Selma had four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, and Best Actor, and won for Best Original Song. It was also nominated for Best Picture and won Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards.
- David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon B. Johnson
- Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King
- Andre Holland as Andrew Young
- Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash
- Giovanni Ribisi as Lee C. White
- Lorraine Toussaint as Amelia Boynton Robinson
- Stephan James as John Lewis
- Wendell Pierce as Hosea Williams
- Common as James Bevel
- Alessandro Nivola as John Doar
- Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson
- Cuba Gooding Jr. as Fred Gray
- Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover
- Tim Roth as George Wallace
- Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper
- Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Bayard Rustin
- Niecy Nash as Richie Jean Jackson
- Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy
- Omar Dorsey as James Orange
- Ledisi Young as Mahalia Jackson
- Trai Byers as James Forman
- Kent Faulcon as Sullivan Jackson
- John Lavelle as Roy Reed
- Henry G. Sanders as Cager Lee
- Jeremy Strong as James Reeb
- Nigel Thatch as Malcolm X
- Charity Jordan as Viola Lee Jackson
- Haviland Stillwell as Johnson's Secretary
- Tara Ochs as Viola Liuzzo
- Martin Sheen as Frank Minis Johnson
- Michael Shikany as Archbisop Iakovos
- Michael Papajohn as Major John Cloud
- Stephen Root as Al Lingo
- Stan Houston as Sheriff Jim Clark
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