Bill Clinton Gushes Over ‘Selma’: ‘I Stood Up and Started Cheering All By Myself’

January 19, 2015 4:00 PM

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Bill Clinton Gushes Over ‘Selma’: ‘I Stood Up and Started Cheering All By Myself’

Outrage over the Oscar snubbing of Selma, especially in its failure to recognize David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay in the key Best Actor and Best Director categories, has been loud. Twitter pushed back with the trending hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, Spike Lee said, “F*ck ‘em,” and Saturday Night Live led its recent Kevin Hart-hosted telecast off with a Martin Luther King, Jr. skit addressing the disappointing reality. Not since 1998 has the Oscars failed to nominate a single person of color in any acting category. That this all went down just prior to the MLK holiday weekend made the knife cut even deeper.

And while Selma’s box office numbers are still creeping towards $30 million, its cultural impact is indeed much greater. This past Friday, President Obama hosted a special White House screening of the film with key Selma cast and crew in attendance. And during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for ...

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