David Oyelowo Goes Off on Oscars: "I Am an Academy Member and It Doesn't Reflect Me"

Actor David Oyelowo — who was famously overlooked for playing Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma when the Oscar nominations were announced last year — broke off his prepared remarks to blast the Academy at a gala honoring Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs Monday night.

“The Academy has a problem,” said the British actor, speaking at the King Legacy Awards, held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles, where he was presenting Boone Isaacs with an award named after civil rights icon Rosa Parks. “It’s a problem that needs to be solved.”

He revealed that Boone Isaacs had met with him privately to discuss his omission from the nominations. “A year ago, I did a film called Selma, and after the Academy Awards, Cheryl invited me to her office to talk about what…

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