David Oyelowo Actor accuses the Oscars of favouring inferior black roles

Do you think black actors get more recognition when they play "subservient" roles? David Oyelowo thinks so. Watch video.

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David Oyelowo is one of the stars of the 2014 movie, "Selma". play

David Oyelowo is one of the stars of the 2014 movie, "Selma".

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David Oyelowo addressed his Oscars snub during an appearance at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

According to David Oyelowo who plays  Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma,  the Academy tend to recognise black actors when they play subservient roles.

"this is truly my feeling, I felt this before the situation we're talking about and I feel it now. Generally speaking, we, as black people, have been celebrated more for when we are subservient, when we are not being leaders or kings or being at the center of our own narrative."

According to David, Denzel Washington should have won an award for his Malcolm X character.

In a recent interview with Guardian, the actor also reveals that he only gets a leading role is if Ryan Gosling can’t play it.

Watch interview.


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