Los Angeles: 'Selma' helmer Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo may have missed out on Oscar nominations in but the cast is not disheartened.


The film did receive a nomination in the best picture and original song categories but the obvious slip given to DuVernay and Oyelowo besides other women directors by the Academy voters was criticised by fans.

"I'm glad we're in the room and we're on the carpet because that's how change happens. Sometimes it's slower than we'd like, but you know what, it's happening," Lorraine Toussaint, who plays Amelia Boynton in the film, told E! News.

".... You must be more responsible with the films that you make and the faces you put out there. All white films no longer reflect the face of this world. Let's get on with it, shall we?," she said.

Carmen Ejogo, who plays Coretta Scott King, said, "There are has to be more diversity going forward. I think it keeps the Academy relevant if they keep up to speed in that way."

President Barack Obama hosted a private screening of the film at the White House on Friday with DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Oyelowo, Ejogo and Tim Roth attending the event.