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Selma 2

Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood at http://www.indiewire.com
and Gregory Ellwood at http://www.hitfix.com
have added to the chorus of raves for the just screened “Selma” at the AFI fest in Hollywood.

That must have really been an incredibly exciting screening to have been at last night! It ended with a standing ovation, and has propelled “Selma” in the fray of the Best Picture race. And star David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King himself into that much contended about fifth slot in the too-crowded Best Actor race.

The other male stars who are already seriously “locked” are Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything”, Benedict Cumberbatch for “Imitation Game”, Michael Keaton for “Birdman” and supposedly Steve Carrel for “Foxcatcher”. But HOLT ON for a moment! I really am getting Tom Hanks in “Captain Phillips” vibes from Carrell’s supposedly certain position. Remember last year when the beloved Hanks in an acclaimed performance came up short? And didn’t even get nominated? And debut actor Barkhad Abdi did? Could happen again.

But it sure looks like Oyelowo is going to crash the gate at the last-minute! GOOD! FINALLY a person of color is seriously contending after last year’s “12 Years a Slave” supposedly blew off the Oscar doors. But the question is if “Selma” is nominated and it certainly looks like it will be, will the conservative Academy want to give TWO pictures about racism the Best Picture award TWO years in a row?

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