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THAT (OSCAR) WINNING TEAM

 

THE GREAT DEBATERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STARS: Forest Whitaker, Denzel Washington

SUPPORTING PLAYERS: Columbus Short, Collins Pennie, Emil Pinnock

DIRECTOR: Denzel Washington

SCREENWITERS: Robert Eisele, Suzan-Lori Parks

DISTRIBUTORS: The Weinstein Company/MGM

 

For decades, the movie industry did pitifully little to create opportunities for black actors. Gradually, the situation improved, most conspicuously when Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win an Oscar as Best Actor (for his performance in 1963’s “Lilies of the Field”). Then, following in Poitier’s Oscar path, came Denzel Washington, Best Actor for “Training Day” (2001); Halle Berry, Best Actress for “Monster’s Ball” (2001); and Forest Whitaker, Best Actor for “The Last King of Scotland” (2006). The latest good news is that Whitaker and Washington will share screen time in “The Great Debaters,” a true-life drama about a debating team from Wiley College in Texas that went up against Harvard’s prestigious crew of debaters in the 1930s. Washington plays Melvin B. Tolson, the tunnel-visioned coach of the Texan team, and Whitaker plays the emotionally conflicted father of one of Tolson’s students. Another sign of progress: Washington, who made an impressive helming debut with “Antwone Fisher” in 2002, will be sitting in the director’s chair. Opening date to be announced.


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