Left to right: David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King, Jr. and Carmen Ejogo plays Coretta Scott King in ‘Selma.’ (Atsushi Nishijima/ Paramount Pictures )
“Selma,” the first Hollywood studio film about slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin LutherKing Jr., commanded eight nominations from the NAACP ImageAwards, and won in several African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) categories.
The NAACP nominated the film for outstanding motion picture; lead actor for David Oyelowo (pictured left), who portrays King; supporting actor for Andre Holland, Common and Wendell Pierce; supporting actress for Carmen Ejogo (pictured right), who portrays Coretta Scott King, and Oprah Winfrey; and best director for Ava DuVernay, according to a statement released Tuesday.
Other NAACP nominations for outstanding motion picture include “Belle,” “Beyond the Lights,” “Dear White People” and “Get On Up.” The 46th annual NAACP Image Awards, which celebrates diversity in the arts, will be presented during a live broadcast ceremony on Feb. 6, 2015 on TV One. For a complete list of nominees, go to NAACP Image Awards.
The Paramount film also garnered multiple awards from the AAFCA, according to a statement released Monday. The list includes DuVernay for best director; Oyelowo for best actor; and rapper Common and R&B singer John Legend for best song, “Glory.” The AAFCA will hold its annual award ceremony and dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 at Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. For a complete list of winners, go to the African American Film Critics Association.
Background left to right: Colman Domingo plays Ralph Abernathy, David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King, Jr., André Holland plays Andrew Young, Corey Reynolds plays Rev. C.T. Vivian, and Lorraine Toussaint plays Amelia Boynton in ‘Selma.’ (Atsushi Nishijima/ Paramount Pictures)
“Our members found the output of cinema released this year to be a truly insightful mix of titles that reflect the world we live in,” AAFCA president Gil Robertson said Monday in a prepared statement. “The members of AAFCA were especially pleased with this range of storytelling supported by the studios that gave voice to the many sides of the experience of Black people in America and around the world.”