David Oyelowo Earns a Breakthrough Performance Award

David Oyelowo earns Breakthrough Performance Award
David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King, Jr. and Carmen Ejogo plays Coretta Scott King in SELMA, from Paramount Pictures and Pathé. (Photo © 2014 Paramount Pictures)
Selma star David Oyelowo has scored a Breakthrough Performance Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Selma, a late entry in the awards race, is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s march from Selma to Montgomery back in 1965. Oyelowo stars as Dr. King in the dramatic film directed by Ava DuVernay.

Oyelowo joins a list of honorees that includes Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon, and The Imitation Game cast.

“David Oyelowo’s transformation into Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is truly outstanding,” stated Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “He perfectly recreates King’s mannerisms and speech cadence, and moreover, captures the spirit of one of the greatest leaders in history, giving audiences a rewarding portrait of this iconic man that is deeply layered and effecting. For this phenomenal portrayal it is an honor to present him with the 2015 Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor.”

The 2015 festival will run January 2nd through January 12th. The awards gala will take place on January 3rd.

The Selma Plot:

Selma is the story of a movement. The film 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 culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s Selma tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

-By Rebecca Murray

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