...and four other things you need to know about this week, including a TV show with big ambition, Bob (Dylan) does Frank (Sinatra), and the tale of two men who transformed fashionMore
It didn’t take long after the Oscar nominations were revealed for it to be noticed that all the nominees in the acting categories were white. The biggest omission, by general (if unofficial) consensus, was David Oyelowo for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr in Selma, and with the film coming out on Friday, now’s the time to decide whether you agree that an injustice was done.
For our tuppence-worth – absolutely (for his tuppence-worth, see here). Selma is a stirring and important film, a reminder of the huge obstacles faced by the civil rights movement in America in the Sixties, and making us realise – with a shudder – that it really wasn’t so long ago. (It did, at least, get a “Best Picture” nod.)
Oyelowo is measured, engaging and deeply convincing in his portrayal of Dr King as an ambitious ideologist but also as a skilled media manipulator, and he nails everything from the particular intonation of his oratory to the slow-burning resilience in his gut. It’s a real shame that he hasn’t had the recognition he deserved for it, but those who’ve seen it will know – and hopefully that will include you.
Out on Friday 6 February
The fortunes of the British fashion designers John Galliano and Alexander McQueen might seem starkly different at this point in time: Galliano recently marked his return to the catwalk designing for Maison Martin Margiela – following his spectacular fall from grace, complete with racist and anti-semitic rants, back in 2010 and 2011 – while McQueen has gone into that good night from which there is no return: he committed suicide in 2010 (a major retrospective of his work opens at London’s V&A in March).
But back when they were starting out in the late Eighties and early Nineties respectively, both working class British boys turned stellar fashion graduates of Central St Martins, their lives ran in intriguing parallel. Ex-model-turned-fashion-journalist Dana Thomas tracks their stories in her new book Gods and Kings (not to be confused with Christian Bale's recent turn as Moses), out on Thursday, and as the discerning style aficionado we know you to be, you should consider it your duty to find out more.
Out on Thursday 5 February (Allen Lane)