David Oyelowo Lines Suit Jacket With Lyrics to MLK’s Favorite Song at 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards: Picture

David Oyelowo at The 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
For the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday, Jan. 15, Selma actor David Oyelowo wore an elegant tuxedo jacket lined with famous quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Taylor Hill/Getty Images

In honor of the King!  

After being snubbed for a Best Actor Oscar nomination by the Academy, Selma actor David Oyelowo, who portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the film, kept his head held high at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday, Jan. 15. The British actor, 38, chose the occasion to honor the civil rights leader on what would have been his 86th birthday.

 

Appearing clean-cut and dapper in a black suit with a white shirt, Oyelowo made a statement with his jacket inscripted on the inside with the words to "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," which was one of MLK's favorite gospel songs.  

The star, who lost to Michael Keaton in the Best Actor category during the awards show, spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the lack of diversity at this year's Oscars. "We're just going to keep plugging away," he said.

"The only way to put a dent in the very real fact that there is a disproportionate amount of people who do not look like me doing what I do is something that I'm just going to fight by doing the best I can with the roles I get."

What do you think of David Oyelowo's tribute to MLK, Jr.? Tweet @UsWeekly using the hashtag #stylebyUs!

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone? Download the Us Weekly iPhone app now!

Close popup

Welcome to In Motion

Bring photos to life with Us Weekly's exciting new mobile experience!

What's In Motion? Tell me more

What's In Motion?

Go back

How to Use In Motion

What's In Motion? Tell me more