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Ava DuVernay's Selma to Be Released Christmas Day

Women and Hollywood By Inkoo Kang | Women and Hollywood June 24, 2014 at 12:09PM

The opening date makes the Martin Luther King, Jr., biopic a serious Oscar contender.
Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay

After directing two independent features and one documentary, Ava DuVernay is poised for her Hollywood -- and possibly Oscar -- breakthrough with Selma, the MLK biopic that's her biggest project to date.

And now Selma has been given an opening day of Christmas 2014 with a wide-release date of January 9, 2015 to position it as a heavyweight Academy Award contender. Were DuVernay to receive Best Director nod, she would become only the fifth woman to be nominated in that category and the first woman of color to do so.

The film will focus on the iconic 1965 march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery during the height of the black civil-rights movement. 

The cast includes David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr., Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom WIlkinson as Lyndon Johnson, Tim Roth as George Wallace, and producer Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper, an older voting-rights activist. 

[via Indiewire]

This article is related to: Women Directors, Ava DuVernay, Selma, Academy Awards

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