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Obama to Host 'Selma' Screening at White House

Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 09:20 PM

The movie "Selma" may have scored only two Oscar nominations, but on Friday it will get a special distinction: A screening at the White House.

President Obama is scheduled to host a screening of the movie, the latest in a line of Oscar contenders like last year's "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and 2012's "Lincoln" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" to be shown in the White House.

Cast and crew from the movie "Selma" are expected to attend.

A White House screening can add a certain prestige value to a movie, perhaps even elevating its attention in the eyes of Academy voters, but the decision rests with Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on whether to publicly reveal their film choices.

They have tended to do so when they are projects with strong social or historical themes, as will be the cast with "Selma" screening just before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday. In cases with movies like "Lincoln," the White House has released photos from the event, and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was screened to high school students at the White House, followed by a film workshop featuring cast and crew.

Many of the Obamas' movie choices, however, are not disclosed, as the 40-seat White House Family Theater is considered part of their private family quarters.

The first movie screened at the White House was in 1915, when Woodrow Wilson hosted a showing of "Birth of a Nation."

The Obamas also have screened "Slumdog Millionaire," "Julie & Julia," and "He's Just Not That Into You."

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