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The filmmakers behind Selma did not necessarily have a night to remember.
The Oprah Winfrey-produced film, describing the events leading up to Martin Luther King Jr.‘s historic march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, was shut out in the three major categories for which it was nominated. That included best drama, which went to Boyhood.
Star David Oyelowo was nominated for best actor in a drama but lost to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything. Director Ava DuVernay was nominated in the directing category, losing to Boyhood helmer Richard Linklater.
The film’s awards prospects may have been hurt by questions about its historical accuracy. A Lyndon B. Johnson scholar criticized its portrayal of the former president, while a history professor called it out for misrepresenting a number of facts.
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