Last night at AFI Fest, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. movie Selma (in select theaters on Christmas Day) was only supposed to showcase 30 minutes of footage. But director Ava DuVernay decided to pull a few all-nighters to get her civil rights drama done so she could show off the whole thing. “I’m on my 38th hour of no sleep,” she admitted while introducing the film at Hollywood’s Egyptian theater. “I figured people were going to come for 30 minutes, these people are hardcore. Let’s just show them the full thing.”
It was worth her efforts: Selma earned a standing ovation on Tuesday night, as a tearful Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo, who plays MLK, hugged backstage. The two met back when they were shooting The Butler and he was playing her son.
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