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Obama screening 'Selma' at White House with Oprah, rapper Common, cast of civil rights drama

Common accepts the best song award for the song “Glory” from “Selma” at the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
January 16, 2015 - 2:51 PM

WASHINGTON - Oprah Winfrey and the rapper Common are joining President Barack Obama for a special screening of the film "Selma."

The White House says Obama and the first lady are hosting the screening in the White House's Family Theatre. The film's cast members are attending, as is civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis.

The drama produced by Winfrey chronicles the campaign leading up to the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The film has sparked controversy over its depiction of President Lyndon B. Johnson as foot-dragging on voting rights legislation, rather than collaborating with Martin Luther King Jr.

"Selma" has been nominated for two Oscars, in the categories of best picture and best original song.

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