David Oyelowo: Oscar Voters Rejected ‘Selma’ After Cast Wore ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-Shirts

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drama “Selma” was one of the best reviewed films of 2014 (it boasts a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes from 304 reviews), and yet it only received two Oscar nominations: Best Picture and Best Original Song.

The Academy’s failure to recognize DuVernay in the Best Director category and actors such as David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo is part of the reason #OscarsSoWhite went viral when nominations for the 2015 Oscars were announced.

In a new interview with Screen Daily, Oyelowo reveals that one reason “Selma” was snubbed by Academy voters was due to backlash against the “Selma” cast and crew for wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts to their New York City premiere.“Six years ago, ‘Selma’ coincided with Eric Garner being murdered.

That was the last time we were in a place of ‘I Can’t Breathe.’ I remember at the premiere of ‘Selma’ us wearing

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