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Why Oscar nominations matter

The Best Picture nomination for the Martin Luther King Jr biopic Selma seems too little, too late.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 05:50
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Producer and cast member Oprah Winfrey, fellow "Selma" actor David Oyelowo (centre) and director Ava DuVernay (far left) listen to an address to residents at City Hall in Selma, Alabama, on Sunday. Winfrey and other stars of the Oscar-nominated movie "Selma" marched with thousands of people in the Alabama city on Sunday afternoon in honour of Martin Luther King Jr's birthday.
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Rap artist Common who won for Best Song for "Glory" for the film during the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles on Jan 15.

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JANUARY 19 is Martin Luther King Jr Day and given the context, it is an interesting moment to ask whether it really matters that the Motion Picture academy failed to nominate the black director and the black lead actor of Selma, the King biopic, for the Oscars.

After all,