President Obama to Screen Selma at the White House

President Obama to Screen Selma at the White House

Best Picture nominee will play for "intimate group" today.

Published January 16, 2015

From Best Picture nominee to the toast of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Selma is a sensation. Despite being snubbed in a couple of categories in the Academy Awards nominations, Ava DuVernay's civil rights drama has been invited to screen at the White House by President Obama.

The Washington Post reports that today's late-afternoon gathering of “a very small group” of special guests will include members of the cast and crew, including Common (whose song “Glory,” written with John Legend, received an Oscar nomination for best original song) and Washington notables like Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.). 

This isn't the first time President Obama, who is something of a film buff, has screened a film at the White House. Previous screenings have included Monuments Men, Cesar Chavez and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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