David Oyelowo is one of the most insightful ambassadors for inclusion in the film industry. As he was breaking through in Selma, the Oxford native born to Nigerian parents was in the lengthy process of developing A United Kingdom. In fact, four of his last five films (A United Kingdom, Queen of Katwe, Five Nights in Maine, and Selma) have been directed by women, and that isn’t a coincidence.
As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, why not celebrate the man’s legacy and mission by watching some of the best films made about the civil rights struggle in the United States?
The phrase “based on a true story” can mean anything from “slavishly accurate” to “vaguely based on a real thing that might have happened” — and most movies using the tagline fall somewhere in the middle. On his website Information Is Beautiful (via Collider), McCandless does a scene-by-scene breakdown of 14 recent, notable “true story” films, citing where they stick to the truth and where they deviate. Color-coded graphs show at a glance which films got it mostly right (Spotlight, Selma, The Big Short) and which played fast and loose with the facts (The Imitation Game, Dallas Buyers Club, American Sniper).
“The Academy has a problem,” said the British actor. “It’s a problem that needs to be solved.”
Enough with the studios like 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount, and the Weinstein Company, none of which put out even a single film this year that was directed by a woman. Enough with the executives who would rather hand a lucrative blockbuster to a man who’s never made a movie before (like Seth Grahame-Smith, the novice director recently picked by Warner Bros. to direct a big-budget adaptation of The Flash) than a woman who has.
Last year's Oscar-winning civil-rights drama 'Selma' took years to get off the ground, and David Oyelowo, who stars as Martin Luther King Jr., recalls how he got help from his new friend, Oprah Winfrey.
The 'Selma' director reminds everyone who she thinks deserved to be in the Best Actor conversation.
While Oyelowo struggled to look like his alter ego in 'Selma,' two other actors could pass for twins of their real-life counterparts: Carmen Ejogo and Nigel Thatch are dead ringers for Coretta Scott King and Malcolm X, respectively.
Of the 250 top-grossing films released this year, only 21 have female directors. But behind that grim statistic is an encouraging piece of metadata.
DuVernay made sure to call on them so that they could contribute their insights and memories to the making of the drama, which hits selects theaters on Dec. 25 and has compiled a pristine 100 percent positive review rating on Rotten Tomatoes thus far. Among the most revered figures: longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, who helped organize the March on Washington in 1963 and was the chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the Selma-to-Montgomery march, and former Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young, who was the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the time of the Selma march.
The American Film Institute's annual list of outstanding films normally numbers ten — this year, it breaks with tradition to honor a particularly strong field