The 38-year-old Brit of Nigerian descent portrays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s drama, the first studio film to center around the Civil Rights leader
For his uncanny portrayal of the Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s Selma, the British actor David Oyelowo will receive this year’s Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 26th annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 3. The fest will run Jan. 2-12.
Previous recipients of PSIFF’s Breakthrough Performance Award include Lupita Nyong’o (2014, for 12 Years a Slave), Carey Mulligan (2010, for An Education), Marion Cotillard (2008, for La Vie En Rose), Jennifer Hudson (2007, for Dreamgirls) and Felicity Huffman (2006, for Transamerica). All of the aforementioned went on to receive Oscar noms for those same performances — and Nyong’o, Cotillard and Hudson won.
“David Oyelowo’s transformation into Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is truly outstanding,” PSIFF chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. “He perfectly recreates King’s mannerisms and speech cadence, and moreover, captures the spirit of one of the greatest leaders in history, giving audiences a rewarding portrait of this iconic man that is deeply layered and effecting.”
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter