In 2014, it was announced that David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o would star in a film adaptation of the novel, to be produced by Brad Pitt and his production company Plan B. Pitt and Nyong'o previously collaborated on 12 Years A Slave, for which Nyong'o won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Pitt, as a producer, Best Picture. Pitt also served as an executive producer on Selma, where Oyelowo had a breakout role playing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oyelowo won an NAACP Image Award as well as Best Actor nominations at the Golden Globes and Independent Spirit Awards. The film was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
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