While “Selma” did land Best Picture and Best Original Song nominations, many were not happy with yesterday’s Oscars announcement. A day after director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo were snubbed, President Obama is hosting a screening of the film at the White House. (Variety reports.)
In the past, Oscar nominees “Lincoln,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Slumdog Millionaire” have been screened by the President, who has long revealed himself to be a pop culturally savvy figure. (Indiewire’s Eric Kohn argues here that he is, in fact, a cinephile.)
Cast and crew are expected to attend this private event at the presidential 40-seat Family Theater. A White House screening will certainly help boost the profile of this film, which may be gaining momentum with viewers but not, it seems, among Oscar voters. Critics took to Twitter yesterday, igniting fierce debate over the nature of the snubs.