Why ‘Selma’ deserves to win the Best Picture Oscar

February 18, 2015 4:38 PM

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Synopsis: The first major film about Martin Luther King Jr. takes place in 1965 during the heated months leading up to the signing of the Voting Rights Act, when peaceful protests and marches in Alabama were met with violence and police brutality.

Why it deserves to win: Ava DuVernay’s drama is nicely paced, beautifully shot and impeccably acted. She managed to revive the musty biopic genre with a movie that’s as focused as it is emotionally charged, and that alone could give the movie an edge. But the fact that her subject is so historically...

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