It's sad how little recognition Selma received at the Oscars, considering how stirring it is. The script is convincing, and David Oyelowo is phenomenal as Martin Luther King.
Director Ava DuVernay takes us back to the 1965 protest march from Selma to Montgomery, led by King in a fight for black voting rights. Despite the key characters being men, strong women are represented by Carmen Ejogo as King's wife Coretta, and Oprah Winfrey as civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper.
Hongkongers will relate to this film; many of the scenes are strikingly similar to last year's Occupy protests, from the police tear-gassing people, to discord among the protesters and a government refusing to budge.
The multi-award-winning song Glory is just one example of how the score augments the film's emotional intensity so effectively. The final scene is especially impressive: the music and King's speech match perfectly, adding power and emotion.
Oyelowo dominates the screen as a charismatic, determined and vulnerable hero. Eddie Redmayne was great in his Oscar-winning role, but Oyelowo is the King.