fences movie

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*There’s talk in Hollywoodland that Denzel Washington is on track to win his third Oscar for his role in the forthcoming “Fences” movie. His co-star Viola Davis could score her first Oscar for her performance in the film.

Washington’s movie adaptation of the August Wilson play “Fences” has earned critical acclaim and standing ovations at screenings for academy and guild members and assorted journalists. Washington was on hand for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Variety‘s Jenelle Riley, along with co-stars Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Saniyya Sidney.

LA Times notes that with “the response and the towering quality of the performances,” Washington and Viola are at the top of the lead actor and supporting actress categories, respectively.

“Fences” opens Christmas, so you’ll be reading a lot about this movie for the next few months.

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I Am Not Your Negro documentary

A new documentary about race, racism and the civil rights movement is being touted as A MUST SEE, and director Raoul Peck says he was  “just the messenger” for author James Baldwin, whose poetic words serve as the starting point for his new doc titled “I Am Not Your Negro.”

The director uses Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript about the civil-rights movement ― specifically Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers ― to frame America’s racial divide.

“My job was to put myself in the background,” said Peck during The Hollywood Reporter’s Documentary Oscar Roundtable.

“I knew those words since I was 15 years old. I knew how powerful they are. I knew that Baldwin is also a very controversial personality, and for me it was not about that, it was about his words and how important and impactful those words are today. I didn’t want any talking heads, i didn’t want anybody to interpret him, to speak for him, I wanted to be inside his head.” said Peck.

“I never did a documentary like this, to rely only on those words and give them life, to find the right footage, find the right image,” said Peck.

Peck’s film opens Feb. 3, and it’s being referred to as “a piece of art this country desperately needs right now.”

Watch the new trailer below: