Selma missed out on Best Director and Best Actor Oscar nominations today, but the civil rights film will be playing at the Executive Mansion with the leader of the free world tomorrow evening. President Obama will host a screening of the Ava DuVernay-helmed feature about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., sources confirm.
This, of course, is the same White House where meetings between Dr. King and then-President Lyndon B, Johnson occurred, as depicted in the film. Lead David Oyelowo will be in attendance I’m told along with other cast members. Along with the Best Picture nomination that Selma received today, it also got a nom for Best Original Song for “Glory,” which also won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award on Thursday. Rapper and former Hell On Wheels actor Common and John Legend, who teamed up for the tune, will be at the White House screening as well.
President Obama and the First Lady have hosted a number of Hollywood movie screenings in the White House over the years. In 2012, the Steven Spielberg-directed Lincoln was shown at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, and Mandela: Long Walk Of Freedom played there the following year with cast and crew for both in attendance.