By Tim Masters
Arts and entertainment correspondent, BBC News
David Oyelowo plays civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King in Selma
David Oyelowo has said he’s disappointed by the snub given by Bafta to his latest film Selma.
The British actor plays Martin Luther King in the film about the 1965 campaign in Selma, Alabama, for equal voting rights for African-Americans.
The film, out in the UK next week, has been lauded by critics but received no Bafta nominations.
The film received two Oscar nominations – for best picture and best original song.
“When it’s the best reviewed film of the year, and it’s a film of this significance, and you have British company Pathe producing it, and you have four Brits as the main characters of the film, you expect to be nominated for Baftas,” Oyelowo told the BBC.
“When that doesn’t happen it sends an odd message.”
The Oxford-born actor, who now lives in Los Angeles, said he was proud to be a British actor and it was meaningful to him to have his work well-received in the UK.
Source:: BBC Entertainment