Friday, November 14, 2014



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AFI Fest: 'Selma' upends best picture Oscar race



AFI Fest: 'Selma' upends best picture Oscar race

Glenn Whipp

Los Angeles Times   glenn.whipp​@latimes.com

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With the best picture field stagnant since the early fall film festivals, "Selma" arrives at a propitious moment. "Interstellar" failed to part the heavens for many viewers, including academy members. Angelina Jolie's historical drama "Unbroken" is just starting to screen, though it won't be seen by most critics until later this month.

That leaves the door open for a sincere, well-crafted film like "Selma." King is long overdue for a cinematic close-up, having never been the focus of a major feature film. And the movie's civil rights subject matter is timely, both in relation to the events in Ferguson, Mo., and last year's Supreme Court decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act that King tirelessly worked for.

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