By Emily Blake
Updated January 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST

Selma may have been—apart from its Best Picture and Best Original Song nominations —largely shut out of this year’s Oscar nominations, but the White House is welcoming Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. biopic with open arms.

According to The Washington Post, President Obama is hosting a screening of the film at the White House on Friday. The Post reports that the invitation has been extended to a “very small group” that includes the film’s cast and crew, Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell, and Common, who received an Oscar nod with John Legend for “Glory,” off the Selma soundtrack.

Ava DuVernay was noticeably absent from the Best Director race when this year’s Oscar noms were announced, as was leading man David Oyelowo from the Best Actor category.