Ava DuVernay And Gay Talese Challenge Claims Of Historical Inaccuracies In 'Selma'

January 7, 2015 2:45 PM

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By the time "Selma" opened on Christmas Day, its rapturous critical reception had the film on course to become a clear Oscar front-runner. But as is par for the course with most awards-caliber biopics, Ava DuVernay's civil-rights drama has faced scrutiny in certain circles for allegedly having taken liberties with historical facts. The director, a former publicist whose second feature claimed the 2012 Sundance Film Festival's directing prize, addressed the controversy on Tuesday in New York City during a luncheon celebrating "Selma." She'd done so already, but this time another notable figure was by her side to echo the sentiments: Gay Talese, who reported on the 1965 march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama, for The New York Times.

"I approached [the movie] with a lot of skepticism," Talese said during the Q&A portion of the luncheon, moderated by Gayle King and also featuring David Oyelowo, who portrays Martin Luther King Jr. in the film. "I'm a reporter -- back then I was a New York Times reporter -- and we care a lot about ...

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