Here are some photos from last night’s LA premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Idris Elba was there, of course, hoping for a late surge in support for a possible Oscar nomination. Naomie Harris (who plays Winnie Mandela) wore a gorgeous Vionnet Spring 2014 gown which… man, Naomie has been hitting it out of the park lately. I love this dress on her. I’m also including pics of David Oyelowo, plus one of Naomie and Idris with Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi Mandela. The Mandela family has been very supportive of this film, and of Idris in particular. They think his Mandela is great, which is great for Idris.
Idris was recently in Washington to screen the film for President Obama. Obama has been a fan for a while (Obama loved The Wire and Stringer Bell in particular), and Idris told journalists on the red carpet that Obama “told everyone in the screening room… ‘Idris Elba couldn’t sit down because all the ladies, all the ladies were all over him. Give him a break today, ladies. Give him a break,’ I was sitting in the room with a massive head. I’ve met him once before. He’s a fan of my work and I’m a fan of his, so we got on very well. And I really felt proud to take the film to him, because I know how fond he is of Mr. Mandela.” Nice. But is it good enough for an Oscar nomination?
Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.