Denzel Washington‘s Fences is having a big award-season kickoff screening on Saturday at 7pm at the Westwood Village. Denzel, Viola Davis and the rest of the cast — Stephen Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, et. al. — will sit for a post-screening q & a following the show. Right now the Best Picture race looks like a big three-way thing — La La Land vs. Fences vs. Manchester By The Sea. Saturday’s reactions (everyone recognizes that August Wilson‘s 1987 play is a classic but how will it translate in cinematic terms?) could obviously tip the scales one way or another. Fences will open on 12.25.
Viola Davis doesn’t look quite like herself here. The gray hair, her eyes…something digitized in her features. Denzel looks smooth as silk.