David Oyelowo: black people awarded for subservient rolesHollywood News

February 03, 2015 17:19

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'Selma' star David Oyelowo, who was ignored for his portrays of Martin Luther King Jr, nomination for the Oscar awards feels "black people, have been celebrated more for when they are subservient".

The actor and Director were ignored also after the movie has received very good points from critics and David pointed out the awards irony during an appearance at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. According to the Hollywood Reporter

When he was asked about the subject of Oscar snub outrage" he said, "This is truly my feeling; I felt this before the situation we're talking about and I feel it now - generally speaking, we, as black people, have been celebrated more for when we are subservient, when we are not being leaders or kings or being at the center of our own narrative."

The actor felt Denzel Washington should have won for playing Malcolm X and Sidney Poitier should have won his Oscar for In the Heat of the Night than for Lilies of the Field.

"So this bears out what I'm saying which is we've just got to come to the point whereby there isn't a self-fulfilling prophecy - a notion of who black people are - that feeds into what we are celebrated as, not just in the Academy, but in life generally.

-Arun Kumar

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