The main characters in "Selma" are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, Gunnar John, Annie Lee Cooper and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Other characters are Lee White and Andrew Young.
British actor David Oyelowo plays the role of lead character Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for best actor. Oyelowo has also appeared in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Middle of Nowhere," "Lincoln" and "The Butler."
Oprah Winfrey plays the role of Annie Lee Cooper. Winfrey's other film credits include "The Color Purple," "Native Son," "Beloved," "Jesus Henry Christ" and "The Butler."