David Oyelowo

When David Oyelowo wasn’t nominated for an Oscar for his role as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, there was a literal sh*tstorm of outrage on the internet. And justifiably so. The dude was robbed. But it started a conversation about the fairness of awards season. A lot of people mistakenly classify David as a “newcomer,” but he’s been working in television and movies since the late 90s. And he’s been in some pretty high-profile movies: The Last King of Scotland, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help, (very memorably in) Lincoln, The Butler, Interstellar, the list can go on. The caveat is that his roles are oftentimes small and, like many other actors on this list, overshadowed by bigger, flashier roles. He (and his Brooklyn accent) was superb in A Most Violent Year, but he played, unfortunately, opposite more buzzed-about actors. There’s no doubt, though, that we will see much more from Mr. Oyelowo as Hollywood slowly begins to broaden its horizons.

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