With its Christmas Day opening fast approaching, Paramount’s acclaimed racial drama Selma finally had its official West Coast Academy screening Saturday afternoon at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in their Beverly Hills headquarters. Reportedly about 250 attendees showed, a slow turnout for the pre-holiday screening (later that night Into The Woods had about double the number) even though director Ava DuVernay, star David Oyelowo and others were advertised for the post- Q&A.
The DVD screener of the film had landed in Oscar voter mailboxes the day before so that could have held back attendance. I am told applause at the end was enthusiastic and strong, as it has been for most screenings of this very fine film since its stirring debut at AFI Fest in November.
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