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"Selma," a powerful new film about civil rights icon Martin Luther King, triumphed at its premiere in Los Angeles this week – while critics are predicting awards season glory.Co-starring Oprah Winfrey and rising British star David Oyelowo, the film received a standing ovation in Hollywood as industry journal Variety forecast "considerable box-office and awards-season gold". The film, due for limited release on Christmas day to qualify for the Oscars, focuses on a short period after the 1964 passage of the Civil Rights Act, the law that abolished segregation in the U.S. South.Co-produced by Pathe, Winfrey and Brad Pitt's Plan B production company, the film has Oyelowo – currently starring in "Interstellar" and soon to be in "A Most Violent Year" – playing King as determined and charismatic, yet human.
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