“We’ve already won!,” Selma director Ava DuVernay remarked yesterday on her Facebook timeline. “We made a film we believe in, and now it’s out in theaters and moving in the world! All that’s left to do? PARTY! #celebratelife.” Although last night’s 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards effectively snubbed Selma in all major categories, DuVernay’s comment lends perspective that the film’s unflinching portrayal of the Civil Rights Movement is its own reward.
Common and John Legend were awarded (by Prince, no less) Best Original Song for Selma’s “Glory,” at which point Common presented an equally dignified acceptance speech: “I am the hopeful Black woman who was denied her right to vote,” he began. “I am the caring White supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed Black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. Selma has awakened my humanity.”
Ballot submissions for this year’s Academy Awards took place last Thursday, and Oscar nominations will be announced January 15. Let’s pray Selma gets the proper recognition it truly deserves later this week.