While some actresses would shy away from letting their line deliveries get emotional enough that their spit and snot practically flies at the camera, Viola Davis is not some actresses. If you feel like you’ve heard the word “Oscar” more than enough when it comes to Davis and Denzel Washington’s Fences, get ready to hear it one more time: Viola. Davis. Is. Going. To. Win. Best. Actress. This. Year.
Film critics and awards pundits have been talking about Oscar frontrunners for months now, but it’s that time of the year when all that prognostication finally matters. This week marked the beginning of awards season with the Gotham Awards, the National Board of Review’s list of winners and yesterday’s New York Film Critics’ Circle picks. It’s still too early to tell who and what will win the gold come Oscar night, but when it comes to predictions, we’ve got you covered.
Has the word “Oscar” been thrown around enough lately in regards to Denzel Washington and Viola Davis’s Fences? No? We can keep saying it some more? Good. The latest trailer for the film, adapted from August Wilson’s play and directed by Washington himself, shows off the kind of vibrant acting that these two won Tonys for in the first place.
What’s in a poster? It might seem simple enough — photograph the stars in a flattering light, find an inoffensive font, call it a day and crack open a cold one — but ad executives don’t get paid what I assume is a million dollars an hour for nothing. (Everyone on Mad Men ended up so rich, and that was at 1968 rates!) Careful consideration from the designers makes each poster into a fully-analyzable text packed with unspoken meaning, and the new one-sheet for Denzel Washington’s upcoming drama Fences is no exce
The Oscar season chatter may only just be kicking off, but trust me, you’ll be hearing that “O” word a lot when it comes to Denzel Washington’s ‘Fences.’
I liked The Equalizer. I liked it more than The Magnificent Seven, which director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington made after The Equalizer (and is out in theaters today, read our review, plug plug plug plug plug). The Equalizer, loosely based on the TV show of the same name, was a very confident and occasionally very amusing action thriller that was fully self-aware. It’s basically a perfect basic cable movie; you pop in, you watch Denzel beat a room full of guys without breaking a sweat, and then you brush your tweet and go to bed. And the ending, where it basically becomes Home Alone in a Home Depot (they should have called the movie Home Depot Alone, that was a missed opportunity) was tremendous.
He’s known all over the world as Denzel. But did you know Denzel Washington’s legal name is Denzel Washington Jr.? And his father, Denzel Washington Sr., pronounces his name differently than his son? (He goes by “DEN-zel,” not “den-ZELLE.”) That’s because Denzel Jr. is named after his father, but his father is actually named after the doctor who delivered him, a man named Dr. Denzel. That’s just one of the facts featured in the new episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Awards season may be underway with the official start of the Toronto Film Festival, but the fall of 2016 picks up right where summer left off with Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ a loud and frenetic update of an old classic very few people were clamoring for. The question with any remake is why; why a new version and why one now? The movie just made its world premiere as the opening night film of TIFF 2016, and I still don’t have a satisfying answer to that question.
Nightcrawler pretty much guaranteed our excitement for whatever Dan Gilroy does next. As it turns out, we won’t have to wait much longer to see what that is, as the director of the acclaimed 2014 thriller is developing a new legal drama, with Denzel Washington reportedly circling the lead role — which already makes this sound like one heck of a film experience.
The bounty hunter, the gambler., the outlaw, the sharpshooter, the assassin, the warrior, and the tracker. Seven (a magnificent seven, if you will) against an army. And the army’s led by Peter Sarsgaard! I don’t like those odds.