Denzel Washington and Viola Davis may have the biggest Oscar buzz, but there is simply no Fences star cuter than the drama’s precocious young star Saniyya Sidney. Sidney, who has also appeared in Roots and American Horror Story, recalled her reaction to first hearing about the film, a family drama set in 1950s Pittsburgh and based on the Tony Award-winning play by August Wilson.
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are currently earning raves for the big screen adaptation of Fences, August Wilson’s seminal play. Watch Washington explain in the clip above. The studio intended for the film to star James Earl Jones, who would reprise his stage performance as Troy, the tough-talking Pittsburgh sanitation worker struggling to keep his family together, and the red-hot comedic actor Eddie Murphy, who was looking to cross over into drama and play Troy’s son Cory.
Yahoo Movies chat with Oscar contender about the wrenching scene in the August Wilson play-turned-film
Spike Lee accepting his Honorary Oscar Just before the 7th annual Governors Awards on Saturday night, honoree Spike Lee told Yahoo Movies one thing about his acceptance speech: “I won’t be reading off a teleprompter, that’s for sure.” The 58-year-old writer-director was on hand to collect his Honorary Oscar at the Hollywood event, where he was being honored along with Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds (who shared a recorded message since she was not in well enough health to attend). Lee was introduced by actor Samuel L. Jackson, who credited the auteur with taking his career to the next level with the films School Daze and Do the Right Thing. “I like that about him.” Jackson was flanked by Jungle Fever star Wesley Snipes and Denzel Washington, star of Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues and Malcolm X. “Spike Lee put more African-Americans to work in this business than anyone in the history of this business,” Washington said.