HUGE year for David Oyelowo, he becomes the FIFTH actor to have nominations in both the Outstanding Actor AND Supporting Actor in the same year. Oyelowo joins Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrance Howard and Nate Parker!!!
After years of quality solid work, Oyelowo’s role as Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma announces his arrival on he big stage. Oyelowo channels the late civil rights icon and instead of a passive “We Shall Overcome” portrayal, Oyelowo plays King as a master strategist, warts and all, whose vision forever changed the situation for African-Americans in this country.
In addition to his outstanding work in Selma, Oyelowo was also recognized for his performance as a prosecutor in pursuit of allegedly corrupt businessman in A Most Violent Year. The British actor of Nigerian descent has steadily been making the most of his opportunities. He has played supporting roles in the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Middle of Nowhere, Lincoln, and garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in The Butler.
But it was a chance encounter that may have changed the trajectory of his career. Ava DuVernay had been a fan of his work and had considered asking him to take the role in Middle of Nowhere, however before she could Oyelowo received the script coincidentally from a friend of DuVernay’s who happened to be sitting next to him on the plane and was considering investing in the project.That same year Oyelowo appeared in Lee Daniels′ The Paperboy, which competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Originally attached to Selma with then-director Lee Daniels, after failing to secure the financing Daniels left the project. Remembering his experience with DuVernay, he pitched her to the producers as the director and she was subsequently hired to helm the civil-rights drama.
Recently, it was announced that Oyelowo star opposite Lupita Nyong’o in Americanah A film to be adapted from the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel, the story follows a pair of young Nigerian immigrants who face a lifetime of struggle while their relationship endures.
Something tells us that this won’t be Oyelowo’s last appearance on the Black Reel Awards’ stage!