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David Oyelowo on the red carpet at the 2017 Tony Awards held Radio City Music Hall - New York, United States - Monday 12th June 2017

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Anna Udvardy and Kristof Deak in the press room at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017

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David Oyelowo and Jessica Oyelowo at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th February 2017

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David Oyelowo and Jessica Oyelowo

David Oyelowo Traversed His UK And African Heritage


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Even though it was a global news story in the 1940s when Seretse Khama, the crown prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), married white Englishwoman Ruth Williams, causing a political crisis both in London where he was studying and back in Africa.

David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike in A United Kingdom

David Oyelowo plays Khama in the movie, and says he first heard the story about seven years ago when someone gave him a book about the interracial marriage and its fallout. "It was the image of them on the cover that just arrested me," he recalls. "I thought, 'Who are they? Why don't I know who they are? I want to know more.' And that was basically when my obsession with the idea of their story being told as a film began."

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Rosamund Pike And David Oyelowo Make History At BFI Film Festival With 'A United Kingdom'


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The BFI London Film Festival made history on Wednesday by opening with Amma Asante’s biopic A United Kingdom, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo.

The film is the first directed by a black woman to open the annual festival and tells the real-life story of a British woman who fell in love with and married Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland.

Rosamund PikeRosamund Pike stars in A United Kingdom

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Daniel Craig To Join David Oyelowo For Off-Broadway Production Of 'Othello'


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Daniel Craig is set to join David Oyelowo in an off-Broadway production of Shakespeare tragedy Othello in New York next fall. The play will be staged at the prestigious New York Theatre Workshop and will be their first Shakespeare production since 1990.

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig will join David Oyelowo in Othello.

Oyelowo will play the title character, while Craig will take the role of the scheming, envious Lago. The production will be directed by Sam Gold, who won the Tony award for best director earlier this year for his work on the musical Fun Home.

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Pierce Brosnan Reckons The Time Is Right For A Black Or Gay James Bond


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There’s been much talk about Idris Elba being cast as the next James Bond, potentially becoming the first black man to portray 007 on the big screen. However, Pierce Brosnan has said that he could also see the womanising secret agent being portrayed as gay man in future movies.

“Sure. Why not?” he said to Details magazine about whether such a script might be possible, before adding, “Actually, I don't know how it would work. I don't think Barbara [Broccoli, Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing.”

Pierce BrosnanPierce Brosnan sees no reason why Bond couldn't be written as a gay character

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David Oyelowo To Play James Bond... In Audiobook


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English actor David Oyelowo has been selected to play James Bond – in an audiobook version of a brand new 007 novel penned by Anthony Horowitz. The book, titled ‘Trigger Mortis’, has been commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate and will be released on September 8th.

The Guardian reported on Thursday (August 13th) that the 39 year old was “very honoured” to be offered the role by the Fleming estate itself, describing it as “really special”. Oyelowo has some form in playing security service agents, portraying MI5 officer Danny Hunter in the BBC spy drama ‘Spooks’.

David OyelowoDavid Oyelowo will voice James Bond in the audiobook version of 'Trigger Mortis'

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Captive Trailer


Ashley Smith is heavily addicted to drugs so much so that she has lost custody of her young daughter, who is also without a father following the death of Ashley's husband. She regularly attends a support group, though still struggles to find peace. Another woman in the group gives her a copy of 'The Purpose Driven Life' by Rick Warren, which proves to have a much bigger effect on her life than she imagined. Meanwhile, a violent criminal named Brian Nichols who has just found out he's a father has escaped from his trial at Fulton County courthouse, murdering the judge along the way. As a manhunt gets underway, he bumps into Ashley on her return home and holds her hostage in her apartment. As time wears on, Ashley begins to read the book to Brian who starts to question his actions, and his own purpose in life.

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'Selma' Honoured At NAACP Image Awards After Oscars Snub


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Civil rights drama Selma has been named ‘outstanding film of 2014’, at this year’s NAACP Image Awards, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The film. which chronicles the journey of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 to secure equal voting rights, walked away with four awards during the two ceremonies on Thursday and Friday evening.

David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma

After being denied an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Rev. King, David Oyelowo took home the Image award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Accepting the award Oyelowo said, “I want to take this opportunity to say I thank the Lord I was able to play one of the most transcendent human beings who ever walked the planet.”

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'Selma': David Oyelowo's Oscars Snub Gets More Bizarre By The Day


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Though civil-rights drama Selma is nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars later this month, there's a palpable sense of injustice concerning Paramount's movie - which, for a short while, was considered a serious contender to defeat Boyhood at the biggest night on the movie calendar.

SelmaDavid Oyelowo was snubbed for the Academy despite turning in one of the finest performances of the year

Since there, it's been plagued by bad publicity over inaccuracies, the snubbing of director Ava DuVernay by the DGA and David Oyelowo's absence from the category of Best Actor at the Academy Awards. The first is contested, the second, curious, the third: a downright scandal. Michael Keaton probably deserves to crowned for the year's best performance and Eddie Redmyane deserves his nomination - no doubt - though to suggest Oyelowo's turn as Dr Martin Luther King was outdone by Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) or Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) is at best an embarrassing oversight and at worst, a conspiracy.

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Selma Review


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One of the finest biopics in recent memory, this drama manages to present someone as iconic as Martin Luther King Jr. as a normal man anyone can aspire to emulate. Anchored by an internalised performance from David Oyelowo, the film is skilfully directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) with a sharp attention to subtle details. And the script by newcomer Paul Webb draws the characters with such complexity that the film has provoked controversy from people who like their heroes untextured.

The film enters Martin's story as he is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize alongside his activist wife Coretta (Carmen Ejogo) in October 1964, just over a year after his soaring "I have a dream" speech. And a few months later, he's called to Selma, Alabama, to help blacks who are being denied the right to vote by racially motivated voter registration laws. Martin meets with President Lyndon Johnson (Tom Wilkinson), who has more pressing things on his political agenda, then heads to Selma to lead a march on the state capitol in Montgomery. But the peaceful protest is met with nightmarish violence, ordered by Governor George Wallace (Tim Roth). So as the protesters regroup and plan a second march, Martin heads back to Washington to challenge Johnson to set some new priorities.

Cleverly, the script just covers a few months, punctuated with a series of King's most rousing speeches. Since none of this is presented for its big inspirational value, it has a much stronger kick than we expect. The film's punchiest scenes are almost silent, as King struggles to knot his tie before an appearance or fails to find the words to confess his infidelities to his wife. Oyelowo is so transparent in the role that King emerges as an everyday man with a gift for oratory in the right place at the right time. But it's his steely desire to do the right thing that makes him inspirational. And how he reacts when he discovers the human cost of his actions.

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David Oyelowo Says Black Actors Only Get Recognition For Being "Subservient"


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Many critics couldn't believe that the Academy Awards didn't nominate David Oyelowo for his portrayal of Martin Luther King in the critically acclaimed movie 'Selma,' and now the British actor isn't holding back when talking about being snubbed.

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Oyelowo was very critical about Hollywood's history with black actors 

The historical flick, which depicts Martin Luther King's campaign for equal voting rights with a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, received two Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song, but Oyelowo wasn't given a nod for Best Actor and he thinks this decision reflects how Hollywood treats black actors.

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Common, Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo - 2014 National Board of Review Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street - Arrivals - New York City, United States - Tuesday 6th January 2015

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Common and Ava Duvernay
Common and Ava Duvernay
Common and Ava Duvernay
Common and Ava Duvernay
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David Oyelowo - 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 24th February 2013

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David Oyelowo

Date of birth

1st April, 1976

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.78


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A United Kingdom Featurettes Trailer

A United Kingdom Featurettes Trailer

'A United Kingdom' is the story of Sir Seretse Khama who, in 1948, caused a...

A United Kingdom Movie Review

A United Kingdom Movie Review

Based on a powerful true story from the late 1940s, this drama is packed with...

A United Kingdom Trailer

A United Kingdom Trailer

Once upon a time, a handsome, intelligent man fell in love with an equally clever...

Queen Of Katwe - Teaser Trailer

Queen Of Katwe - Teaser Trailer

Disney's Queen of Katwe is set in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda where...

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Captive Trailer

Captive Trailer

Ashley Smith is heavily addicted to drugs so much so that she has lost custody...

Selma Movie Review

Selma Movie Review

One of the finest biopics in recent memory, this drama manages to present someone as...

A Most Violent Year Movie Review

A Most Violent Year Movie Review

With this confident drama, J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All Is Lost) continues to evolve as...

Selma Trailer

Selma Trailer

“What happens when a man stands up and says ‘enough is enough’?” So goes the...

A Most Violent Year Trailer

A Most Violent Year Trailer

In 1981, New York City saw its most violent year in the city's history. When...

Interstellar Trailer

Interstellar Trailer

Mankind is doomed. Following generations of neglect and a lack of care, the planet Earth...

Interstellar Trailer

Interstellar Trailer

Cooper is a pilot and engineer with a huge ambition to save the world. With...

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