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David Oyelowo: Oscars Reward Only ‘Subservient’ Black Roles

Michael Rothman | Good Morning America   in  · · ·
February 2, 2015

The subject of race in this year’s Academy Awards has been a hot topic after several snubs and lack of diversity among the nominees.

One such actor who could have been nominated for best actor and wasn’t was David Oyelowo, who portrayed Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma.” He spoke Sunday during an appearance at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and said the Academy prefers to reward blacks “more for when we are subservient, when we are not being leaders or kings or being at the center of our own narrative.”


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