Selma (2014)

BBC TWO, 11.15PM ★★★★★

The Sunday Telegraph - - Today’s television -

David Oyelowo gives an in­spired and elec­tri­fy­ing per­for­mance as Martin Luther King in this fu­ri­ous, gutsy, and all-too-timely ac­count of the 1965 civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama. It was a 2015 Os­car nom­i­nee for Best Pic­ture, but the fact that the Academy even­tu­ally over­looked the mag­is­te­rial Oyelowo, and di­rec­tor Ava Du­Ver­nay’s lay­ered grasp of the his­tor­i­cal con­text, was a no­table dis­ap­point­ment that year.

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