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    Luke Dias
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    Recently, we’ve gotten two films produced by Denzel Washington based on August Wilson’s plays – Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – and both were major successes at the Oscars. Apparently Denzel intends to adapt all of the films in Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, and I think we shall see those films attract similar success.

    According to reports, next up is The Piano Lesson, by far the most critically acclaimed and well-known (prior to the movies) of Wilson’s plays. I’m not sure if it’s been confirmed, but they’re saying that Barry Jenkins is directing, with John David Washington and Samuel L. Jackson in prominent roles (there’s also a child performance at the heart of the story).

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    Samuel L Jackson is coming for a SAG win.

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    Samuel L Jackson is coming for a SAG win.

    And we love to see it. That man can act his ass off and has been under-rewarded his whole career

    Him and his iconic line delivery are gonna EAT

    FYC :

    Best Actress - Viola Davis, Frances McDormand
    Best Actor - Delroy Lindo, Chadwick Boseman
    Best Supporting Actor - Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman
    Best Picture - Nomadland
    Best Director - Chloé Zhao
    SAG Ensemble - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    Best Cinematography - Nomadland

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    Barry Jenkins is directing, with John David Washington

    Is it too late to recast?

    Michelle Williams Oscar campaign manager.

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    Can’t wait for JITNEY, the first August Wilson play I ever saw in performance (so bloody good). Very ensemble-based and I tend to like those adaptations more.

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    Barry Jenkins is reportedly out as director of “The Piano Lesson” so he can focus on “The Lion King” prequel. :-/

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    Admittedly never heard of that play but reading the synopsis makes it sound meh. Though I can see Samuel L Jackson killing it since he’s previously played the role

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    The play’s amazing, and so was the television movie starring Charles S. Dutton and Alfre Woodard. This is the one to watch out for, as it’s the most accessible of Wilson’s plays.

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    Samuel L Jackson is coming for a SAG win.

    Why stop there? with how awards-friendly these adaptations have turned out to be I can totally see him snatching that Oscar.

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    Can we get Ava duverney for one of em maybe?

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    I’ll be curious to see what kinds of directors they employ moving forward. Despite both Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom being genuinely well liked, they still received complaints from people for feeling more like “filmed stage plays” as opposed to actual movies.

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    Sam Jackson will win SAG & Oscar. Is a Lion King prequel necessary?

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    While Barry Jenkins leaving does reduce the credibility, I don’t think it will be to the film’s detriment. Neither of the other two films were known for their directing, and being based on plays, they don’t need to be. Jenkins is an incredibly visual director, and he may see the Lion King prequel as a way of honing his craft (and honestly who’s to stop him; he might just singlehandedly save that movie).

    As for Sam Jackson, I’d love to see him win the Oscar, and this is coming from a guy who actually think he robbed Bruce Willis of a nomination (not that I would take Pulp Fiction away from him, I don’t want to leave him nomination-less).

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    Or Jenkins is receiving an obsence amount of Disney $$$ to direct the prequel. I can see why that’s difficult to pass up, I guess.

    Whenever they get around to it, I’m hoping that Phylicia Rashad can reprise her Tony-nominated role in “Gem of the Ocean” and attempt an Oscar bid.

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