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David Oyelowo philosophical over Oscars

David Oyelowo is prepared to fight to make sure black actors have a presence in Hollywood.

The British actor portrays Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, a film depicting the pivotal marches that took place in Alabama in the mid 60s.

While he received a best actor Golden Globe nod, he was left out of this year's Oscars when the nominations were revealed yesterday.

"These things happen," David told ET. "The prize for me is that this film is resonating so beautifully with audiences."

The film itself is up for best picture and best original song for John Legend's Glory.

Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Tom Wilkinson co-star in the hard hitting feature, with David admitting he is glad a film about King has finally made it to the big screen.

"People have asked me time and again, why has it taken so for a film about Dr. King to get made. We live in an imperfect world, so we tried to make it a little bit more perfect by getting that film done," he explained.

At last night's Critics' Choice Awards Selma lost out to Boyhood for best picture.

While many have commented on the lack of diversity represented at this year's Oscars, David hasn't let it faze him.

Wearing a suit with quotes by civil rights leader King sewn into the lining, the 38-year-old actor says he'll carry on working hard to make sure minorities have a voice in Hollywood.

"We’re just going to keep plugging away. 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," he outlined.

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