President Obama is hosting the cast and crew of “Selma” for a screening of the movie at the White House on Friday.
The film about the landmark 1965 voting rights march stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., and received an Academy Award nod for Best Picture when nominations were announced Thursday.
But Oyelowo was shut out of the Oscars’ Best Actor category, which many critics called a “snub.” Others noted that Oscar nominees in every top acting category were white.
Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer made light of the controversy that played out on Twitter, tweeting the resumes of Best Actor nominees Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, and Michael Keaton:
So this is year the stars of the 40 Year Old Virgin, the Hangover, and Mr Mom finally get their Oscar Nominations— Dan Pfeiffer (@pfeiffer44) January 15, 2015
Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt are among the producers of “Selma,” although it was unclear whether they would attend Friday’s White House screening.