Regarded for good reason as one of our finest actors, Denzel Washington is also a very capable director. It's been nine years since he stepped behind the camera for The Great Debaters (before that was Antoine Fisher), and part of the reason it took so long was his hopes of directing an adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning stageplay, Fences, which Washington had won a Tony Award for his performance. It took some time, but he got the film made and already some are talking about it as a likely Oscars contender.
That assertion is backed up by the newly-released trailer which captures the power of Wilson's racially-charged story. Washington stars alongside Viola Davis, who also won a Tony for her stage performance, in the heart-wrenching tale of a former black baseball player in the 1950s who was never able to achieve his dream due to the color barrier.
It's going to be a very crowded of possible awards contenders centered on the black experience and Fences has to be considered at the top of the list. The film arrives on Christmas Day.