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David Oyelowo lashes out at Hollywood for 'curating culture'

February 4, 2015 David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo is not a happy man and maybe he has a point. Despite his praiseworthy effort in Selma as Martin Luther King, Jr, the actor was snubbed for a Best Actor nomination.

During a panel discussion at Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Oyelowo started out a cool man making a joke about his situation. "I say to people [about being left out of the category], 'Calm down, it's okay,'" he joked, before quickly adding, "No, get angry!"

Most of the internet had the same reaction after his performance didn't receive the nod and Oyelowo made an interesting observation especially when it came to black actors playing roles as people of prominence.

"Generally speaking, we as black people have been celebrated more for when we are subservient, when we are not being leaders or kings or in the center of our own narrative driving it forward," the British actor said. "We have been slaves, we have been criminals... but we've been leaders, we've been kings, we've been those who change the world."

He also admitted that he was approached for the role only after 12 Year A Slave and The Butler became hits. He accused the film industry of "curating culture" to patronize the audience.

"Until 12 Years a Slave and The Butler did so well... films like [Selma] were told through the eyes of white protagonists because there is a fear of white guilt. You have a very nice white person who holds black people's hands through their own narrative. And also, you don't want black people to see that pain again, so you don't really go into what that pain was in an authentic way. Both of those things are patronizing to the audience," Oyelowo argued.

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