SELMA, AL (WSFA) - The filmmakers and cast of the movie "Selma" took part in a day-long celebration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday in Selma. Selma residents were invited to join them in a commemorative march Sunday afternoon.
"Selma" Director Ava DuVernay, stars David Oyelowo and Common and the film's producers Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner participated in the event.
The celebration started with a question and answer session for local high school students and teachers with some of the filmmakers and cast at Selma High School. Congresswoman Terri Sewell was a moderator.
Selma Mayor George Evans addressed the community at city hall after the Q&A session. Then the filmmakers and cast proceeded with a commemorative march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
The day ended with a special screening of "Selma" at the Walton Theater for state officials and the film's local cast and crew.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Paramount Pictures will host two free screenings of "Selma" for the general public at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Walton Theater in Selma. These showings are in addition to the free screenings throughout the month of January. Tickets are available at the box office on a first come, first served basis.
"Selma" is nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Song for "Glory" by Common and John Legend.
The film won a Golden Globe Award for Best Song for "Glory" and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.