SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – In the movie “Selma,” British actor David Oyelow takes on the coveted role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the time when the civil rights leader lead the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

KCBS’ Liam Mayclem sat down with the actor to discuss his transformation in becoming Dr, King. Oyelow described the moment early-on in the project when he showed a clip of himself as King to Oprah Winfrey. “This is my dream to play Dr. King one day.” Oyelow said “And I remember her saying ‘Yeah…I can see it. It’s not there yet, but I can see it.’ And from that day on, she become obsessed with trying to help me realize this goal.” And so he has.

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Oyelow was recognized with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture. The film itself has earned a Best Motion Picture-Drama and Best Director nomination and has already won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, performed by John Legend and Common.

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As of Thursday morning, “Selma” garnered a Academy Award nomination for Best Motion Picture and for Best Original Song, “Glory.”

“Selma” is now playing in theaters all over the Bay Area.

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