Making Sense of Selma

January 19, 2015 10:28 PM

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This year the Oscar nominees were announced on January 15, which happens to be the actual birth date of Martin Luther King Jr., so what could be more appropriate than a Best Picture nod for Selma, the stirring civil rights drama that features him? The movie's script did not get nominated, however, and perhaps this is related to the controversy swirling around its portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson.

A top Johnson aide has called on people to stay away from the film altogether, even as some of its defenders charge that such powerful (white) men cannot stomach a project by an African American woman, one that privileges grassroots agency over the perspective of official Washington. So with Selma h...

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