Oscar Buzz: Viola Davis and Denzel Washington Pick up Steam, Nate Parker Bumped Down

Here’s the latest on the Oscars buzz via the Toronto Sun:

Fences co-stars Viola Davis and Denzel Washington are leading the early Oscars buzz after topping awards show odds site GoldDerby.com’s earliest ever lists.

Davis is the top critics’ early pick to pick up Best Actress gold at the 2017 Academy Awards and Denzel is hotly tipped to take home another Oscar for his lead actor portrayal in the upcoming period drama, which he also directs.

Viola leads Loving’s Ruth Negga, La La Land’s Emma Stone, her Doubt co-star Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), and Emily Blunt (The Girl on The Train) in the Best Actress odds list, while Denzel edges out Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea), Michael Keaton (The Founder), Ryan Gosling (La La Land), and Joel Edgerton (Loving) among the best actors.

Musical La La Land is the critics’ early pick for Oscars Best Film gold, closely followed on the website’s first odds list by Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Manchester By The Sea, Loving, and Fences.

Nate Parker’s acclaimed Birth of a Nation appears to have slipped down the list of Oscars favourites amid the actor/director’s 1999 rape drama, which recently hit the headlines – once a clear top choice, Parker’s performance is now sixth on the Best Actors list and the film itself has also failed to make the top five.

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  1. I honestly don’t think black folks would be dragging Nate if his wife was black. I mean most of them were still on the Bill Cosby bus until they had no choice but to hop off. Nate’s rape case isn’t new. People knew about it and discussed it when The Great Debaters was out. It’s only a problem now because they found out his wife is white. I mean any other time a white woman accuses a black man of something we aren’t quick to believe her. But now we are taking her word as bond? So got damn transparent.

      1. I don’t really care.. I’ve already been called a rape apologist, m-mmy, c–n, and anything else you can think for stating the truth. It doesn’t affect me either way. I just noticed that the requirement for a lot of black women today to defend a black man is he has to have a black wife. I don’t mind that but at least be real about it.

        1. And? What’s the problem if black women are starting to be picky about who the f-ck we support? I say it’s about damn time!

  2. The academy wants no parts of this because of him…. But how many white actors have they turned a blind eye to and promoted regardless?

    I’m not saying we should, but it seems like even the academy is being prejudice.

  3. Idk the woman that accused him and his friend of rape committed suicide 4yrs ago….so she isn’t even here anymore to speak out about it and that kinda triggers something for me. This woman was unhappy and killed herself and this dude comes out 4yrs later making a film about someone getting raped seems insensitive to me.

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