‘Selma’ Snub Means Diversity Is Still Sparse in a White Hollywood Let’s tell it straight – the Motion Picture Academy snubbed “Selma” on Thursday morning, one of the movies this season that seemed to have passion, momentum and the weight of history on its side. Yes, I know the film won a Best Picture nomination. But it was snubbed in the writing, directing and acting categories. That’s a surprise. Certainly “Selma” is not a perfect film. But few could argue with David Oyelowo’s stirring performance as Martin Luther King, Jr.