Ava DuVernay 'hurt' by David Oyelowo's Oscar snub

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 February 2015
Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

'Selma' director Ava DuVernay has revealed she is "hurt" David Oyelowo has not been nominated for an Oscar

Ava DuVernay is "hurt" David Oyelowo has not been nominated for an Oscar.

The 38-year-old Brit stars as civil rights leader Martin Luther King in the DuVernay-directed hit 'Selma', but his performance - which has been widely praised - has not been rewarded with a nomination for the Academy Awards.

She said: "I was hurt by the fact that David wasn't nominated because I know what it took to get that performance.

"I don't need anyone to tell me that it's one of the best performances of 2014; no one needs to even say that to me because I already know."

What's more, DuVernay revealed she did not expect to receive a Best Director nomination, despite the movie being a critical success.

She asked: "There has been no precedent for a black woman to be nominated for best director, so why was it going to change with me?"

However, DuVernay admits to being honoured that 'Selma' has been nominated for one of the top awards.

She remarked: "We were nominated as best picture, which is nothing to sneeze at. People act like we dragged out of there with nothing. I mean, best picture."


  • 5 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 8min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ava DuVernay
  • Cast: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson
  • UK release: 6 February 2015

The story of the 1965 civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, with Martin Luther King (Oyelowo) facing a nervous President Johnson (Wilkinson) and Alabama's racist Governor Wallace (Roth). Among a stellar cast Oyelowo is exceptional, and DuVernay and Webb capture both the greatness and the limitations of King's…

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