It’s going to be really tempting for the Academy to give Denzel Washington his third Oscar. They may be compelled to give Viola Davis her first, too.
The debut teaser for Fences shows off the acting prowess of Washington, who also directs, and then punctuates the end of this first look with stellar flashes by Davis. Both are reprising their performances from the 2010 Broadway production of the play.
As a director, Washington’s vision looks assured (and possibly also worthy of a nomination) as it captures the Pulitzer Prize winning material by playwright August Wilson. Despite having passed in 2005, Wilson shares sole screenwriting credit of this adaptation about an African-American family’s struggles in the 1950s, so you can bank on it being a faithfully rendering.
Fences, which co-stars Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sidney opens on Christmas Day.